For many of you out there, when it comes to running it can be a long and sweaty, but overall exhilarating experience of getting out there and moving your feet and legs. Nothing ever feels so great except the wind in your hair, the feeling of being breathless, and overall developing a good physique in the process.
At the same time, however, you might find it frustrating at times that, no matter how much time and effort you put into running, you just cannot seem to get any faster than you already are. That said, you might be wondering just what is going on?
With that being said, we are here to help. Learn more in this article on how to be a faster runner, using our tips and tricks to get you on track for breaking your personal record next time around. Soon enough, you will improve and you will be thanking us for that.
Without further ado, let us get started!
While the requirements are minimal, they are nevertheless still essential in order to get you to run faster and better than before. That being said, here are the items you will need for this step-by-step tutorial:
Obvious as it sounds, it is necessary to have a solid pair of running shoes in order to make your miles count, all the while being comfortable. To find a good pair, it helps to look into not only your shoe size, but also your foot arch—high, medium, or low—and also any little details about the way you walk and stand to get a better picture of what to expect.
For our article on how to buy the best running shoes for you, you can check it out here.
Especially if your goal is to become faster at running, having a watch with a timer will come in handy. It does not need to be anything fancy, nor expensive, as long as it can keep track of the time elapsed between each mile, split times, and so forth. There are also some which can measure your pulse, which is also a plus!
Since you lose a lot of water when you run, it is imperative to hydrate yourself before, during, and after your run, depending on the distance and intensity you perform. A rule of thumb is to always have a water bottle with you at all times, so that you can turn to it when you are in need of it.
For some ideas on getting a good water bottle for you, here is an article that we wrote about it.
We all know that wearing jeans and a knitted sweater is not ideal running clothes, but at the same time it does help to invest in something more geared to running than just wearing your usual home shorts and such.
In fact, the material can make a difference, in terms of breathability, moisture-wicking, and overall comfort. Lightweight is good as well, so it helps to look into these options!
We wrote an article on buying good running shorts, which you can read here.
Believe it or not, having someone to run with can help you to push yourself, sometimes to the limit of your current abilities, which in the end can offer improved results. Whether it is a family member, a friend, or an acquaintance, running with someone can be beneficial, along with establishing good relations!
This refers to different types of running locations, from the beach to trails to your neighborhood block. It helps to have a varied amount of workout paths to keep your body engaged and constantly adjusting to the runs, so that you build more resistance and overall speed.
No dream is ever achieved without having some kind of goal in mind, for without it, you might feel lost and otherwise might not even start improving. Ask yourself what is the time that you want to achieve on the mile, or how fast do you want to improve your split times on? Knowing what you want is a good first step towards a successful process.
This refers to your running paths: especially if you have been running around your neighborhood block every day, that does nothing to improve your running speed. That said, you will need to push yourself harder: spice things up by heading for the trails or run along the beach sand. Doing so will make your body constantly have to adjust to the different terrains, thereby working out different muscles and as a result helping you get stronger and faster over time.
Additionally, varying your workouts with weight-training and stretching adds to gaining muscle and strength to supplement your runs. We encourage you to do so a couple of times a week, in between running.
As mentioned in the list of items, it is encouraged to have a running partner who can help push you to get better at running, all the while by running beside you. In fact, think of it as a mutual benefit, in that your partner helps you train better and you help them get better as well.
In addition, you do not have to be bored whilst running, since there is someone next to you to keep you company during the miles!
While being faster at running might sound like a daunting process, it is actually very simple in concept. All you need are the necessary items (e.g. running shoes, good apparel, running watch, etc.), and with a little bit of willpower, you can train yourself to be the best that you can be. We can guarantee you that, if you follow our steps, you will be surely on your way to becoming an excellent runner.
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