Runners of all levels all have one goal in common: increasing speed. Whether it’s maintaining a faster pace during a 5K or a marathon, it’s every runner’s goal to increase their speed. Patience, practice, and repetition are all important things to keep in mind, because those habits will not only make you better, but they will also give you the amazing reward of an improved performance. Here are some techniques and tips you could use to increase to increase your running speed.
Run Up Hills
Hills are more physically demanding than most surfaces because running up hill demands more strength and oxygen. But because it’s more demanding on your body, you do get better results. Running up hills can boost your heart rate, speed, and strength. It’s also not about just running up hills and you’re done; Livestrong.com provides an awesome workout that focuses on increasing your speed and agility by using a hill.
Running isn’t just about your feet; your arms play a huge role with how you run, because it balances you. According to Active.com, it’s recommended that your arms be at a 90 degree angle. It’s supposed to create more extension on the opposite leg of the arm, thus increasing stride length.
It might be hard to put down the phone for a bit, but there’s a time and place for everything, and when you’re working out, it’s important to avoid distractions because you need to focus and have less on your mind.
Of course, always make sure to know your body’s limits, and don’t do anything that could potentially hurt you. Every person has different physical limits so the numbers shown in this workout might not reflect on everyone’s physical ability. Be safe and have fun!