How to Run Faster and Longer:
The Definitive Guiden
Novice runners often feel that they’re too
slow and too uncoordinated for actual marathons.
While it is true that running can often be
(pardon the pun) an uphill battle, there are
many ways to improve your performance on the
track. Let’s talk about some of the most
effective and time-tested solutions to your
1. If you want to run faster, you have to understand that there is no magic bullet that will allow you to do so with minimal work. Speed is the result of experience and progressive cross-training. By cross-training, I refer to different activities that build up strength and endurance of all the muscle groups. Think of it this way: a motorcycle or car is fast not just because it has wheels, but also because it has a whole system of machinery working behind it. The same applies to the human body. All your organs and muscle groups are working synergistically whenever you run. The following activities have been known to enhance the natural speed of a runner: skiing, cycling, rock climbing, and swimming. Almost every form of exercise enhances your top speed as a runner.
2. In the beginning, you may be tempted to stick to just one type of additional exercise, or one type of training method for running. Will this help you progress? Yes, to a degree. However, after a time, a single approach may no longer be sufficient to improve upon what has already been forged by a previous method. So, our advice to you is to seek out different training methods and try them all, if you want. Find what works, and let go of what doesn’t. This way, you can start progressing much faster, because you are not stuck with techniques that do not contribute much to your success as a runner.
3. Confidence is important if you want to continue motivating yourself as a novice runner. Don’t back down from new situations and new training methods. If you feel so comfortable with what you are doing now that you think you can do your training while you sleep, you are not doing enough. Confidence is sufficient when trying out new training methods. If you are confident with yourself, you will be able to exert 100% effort while running. And if you fail with a particular goal? You will just try again – because you are confident that you will eventually succeed!
4. If you want to perform at your best, you must give your body the fuel that it needs. The best type of food is the one that spoils the fastest – whole, home-cooked meals. The Big Trio of health is important for runners: lean meats, fruits, and vegetables. I am not going to ask you to adopt a vegetarian diet, because there are a ton of runners and athletes out there who eat plenty of beef, chicken, and fish. However, we advise you against consuming fast food fare regularly. Fast food fare contains a ton of calories, but little or no vitamins and minerals. Also, there’s too much salt and fat in most available fast food (which is what makes them “appetizing” to many). Trust me, you don’t want a lot of those nutrients in your body, especially if you are running.