We runners are always looking to run faster, improve our technique, train hard and go the extra mile. Here are 5 tips for you to become a faster and a better runner.
- Speed Work :
We all know to be fast you have to run faster. Speed workout is a great way to help you achieve your goal. Incorporate speed work into your training. Do 400m x 20 sets; or 800m x 8 sets; or 6 mile repeats. Speed work helps you to slim faster, build your muscle strength, increase stamina, run stronger and longer and lastly makes the joy of running last longer.
Most athletes on their easy running days will end their run with a couple of set of strides. Striding means just lengthening your strides for around 20 seconds. The goal is to run in a quick, fluid motion to remind your body to run fastest at the end of a session and adapt to the technique. While striding you should feel relax and enjoy the fast movement flying down the street or the running track.
- Hill Strides:
Hill strides helps to improve your running technique. You are upright, running on the forefoot of your feet, with this you are only trying to increase your running efficiency. With better running technique we use less energy to run helping us to run faster and stronger.
- Strength Training:
Strength training is a supplement to a runner’s roadwork because it strengthens muscles and joints, which can improve race times and decrease injury. If you want to perform at full potential, you need to take a comprehensive approach to running. That means you have to improve your flexibility, balance, mobility and strength. Studies have shown that strength training can improve your body composition by helping you maintain or increase your lean body mass and can decrease your percentage of body fat, helping you look leaner and burn additional calories. With strength training we are also able to maintain our running posture and form. For instance, do planks and sit ups to get a strong core which holds your body upright when you run. Squat to give yourself strong quads, glute bridges to strengthen your gluteus muscles and clams to give yourselves strong hips.
- Running Drills:
Running drills help improve your running economy. While performing running drills you are always on your toes. This trains your body to transition into forefoot running which helps you run light. You also spend less energy running this way.
Hope these simple tips help you run faster and stronger and you achieve your personal best soon. Keep Running!! All the Best.