How do you Run Faster?

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Are you serious about doing your first full marathon or just a weekend warrior like myself, knowing some tips on how to run faster might be well worth the time. Running faster is not simply the matter of running faster, it takes some combination of planning and training.

Limit Your Pounding
Many new and eager runners like myself makes the mistake of over training, running almost everyday of the week, thinking this would make you run much faster. Limit your running, and make sure to take some time for your muscle and joints to heal, do some alternative non-impact workout instead like biking or swimming.

Add some Variety
Our body is very adaptive, doing the same routine all the time reduces the amount of improvement. Plan a running routine having different speeds and routines, the different muscle groups activated from jog to sprint will get your muscles confused and continue it’s improvement.

Do Weight Training
Running training alone have it’s limitations, if you have access to a gym like Fitness First or Gold’s Gym, take some time to do some weight and resistance training to build muscle to improve your running performance.

Stay Organized
Plan each running session, time it and record it. This will enable you to track your progress whether you are improving or not. Grad a fitness gadget like the Adidas miCoach, Nike+ Sportsband or the new Garmin Forerunner 110.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. do speedwork. but even before you do that get tons of mileage first else you'll end up injured. don't rush on beating your PR just yet

    by the way, you missed the race trainer kit from timex in your list of fitness gadgets :P

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