5 Tips to Help You Run Faster and Longer
If you’re a beginner runner, it might seem like there are a million things to think about when you lace up your sneakers. How fast should you go? How many intervals should you run? What’s the right distance for you right now? There are a lot of different pieces that go into becoming a better runner. Getting faster and able to run longer distances is no small feat. But, with the right training, practice, and dedication, you can become an amazing runner in no time! If running isn’t your thing or maybe it just seems like something that’s out of reach right now, that is completely OK! There are so many different types of exercise and activities out there. If running isn’t for you right now, we have plenty of other workout recommendations in our
Make a plan
If you want to go from being a beginner runner to an expert runner, you need to make a plan. The great thing about running is that you can do it anywhere, at any time, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. However, the more serious you want to get about your running, the more planning you’ll need to do. Depending on your goals, you may want to run a certain distance or time each week or you may want to run a few times each week. Go ahead and find a schedule that works with your lifestyle and goals. If you want to run a 10k, you can’t expect to be running that distance after only a couple months of training.
If you want to get faster, stronger, and be able to run longer distances, consider adding HIIT training to your routine. HIIT stands for High-Intensity Interval Training, and it’s a great way to boost your metabolism and get into shape quickly. While HIIT is great for runners and those who want to boost their overall fitness, it’s also an excellent form of exercise for those who are just beginning their exercise journey. Running is a great exercise but it can also be quite challenging. You can also get injured from overdoing it, especially if you’ve never exercised before or you’re coming back from an injury. HIIT is great because you can do it almost anywhere, and it doesn’t require a lot of time. You can even break it down into two-minute exercises if you are pressed for time!
Go slow and steady
If you’re a beginner runner, you don’t have to go out and try to run at a 10k pace right away. In fact, it’s best if you don’t. Go slow and steady when you’re first starting out. Don’t try to push yourself too hard or too fast. You can always do more and go farther, but it’s much harder to come back from an injury. If you’re not sure what you should be doing to become a better runner, ask your doctor or a personal trainer for advice. That said, you should also be training at a faster pace than your average walk. You can do this by running intervals or by simply speed walking during your normal walk breaks.
Strength train (and lift weights)
Running is a full body exercise that works your legs, arms, and core. However, it doesn’t do a whole lot for your upper body muscles. In order to become a better runner, you’ll need to make sure you’re hitting all parts of your body. You can do this by adding strength training to your routine. Like HIIT training, you can do this anywhere, and you don’t need a lot of time or equipment—you can even get creative with DIY workouts from home if you’re short on space!
When you’re just starting out, you’ll notice that the first thing you’re likely to focus on is your breathing. You may feel like you can’t catch your breath or that you’re not breathing properly. That’s OK! Learning how to breathe when you’re running is an important part of your training. If you’re not sure how to breathe when you run, try this: Focus on taking long and deep breaths. Focus on filling your lungs up with air and exhaling slowly. If you’re feeling out of breath, try slowing down a bit. Like we said, you can’t expect to run a certain distance or time after only a couple months of training. You have to go at your own pace and work your way up.
If you’re a beginner runner, we hope this article has been helpful in getting you ready to take on the challenge. Getting faster and able to run longer distances doesn’t happen overnight, but it can happen. We can’t promise that you’ll be a pro runner in a few months, but we can promise that if you put in the work and learn from your mistakes along the way, you’ll be on your way to being an expert runner in no time!