Wondering How to Run Faster?
Are you a runner who is stuck wondering how to run faster? Most veteran runners know that the key to running well resides in one’s mind. Running can be just as mentally exhausting as it is physically exhausting, if not more. The dedication needed to keep the pace up, or to sprint up that steep hill, or to even get up and knock out those few miles before school or work can take a significant toll on one’s willpower. Therefore, it is important for you to have a mental toolbox full of incentives and motivators to keep you going.
- Setting goals for yourself is a vital step for self-improvement. If you have just started running, set a distance you would like to complete without stopping or walking. Most runners tend to set a time they would like to run for a particular distance, while keeping track of their personal records, and even logging their progress towards it. Picking a race in the distance future and setting a realistic finish time is also a fantastic means to improving. With virtual races, you have a lot of choices and can choose the one that’s right for you and your goals. Most importantly, make your goal real to you. Write it down, and put it somewhere where you are going to see it.
- Competition and camaraderie are powerful incentives for most people, and can make a serious difference at tough parts of a run. Having a running partner, or even a friendly rival, can fundamentally alter your mental approach to a run. It’s not even about being better or one-upping another person: simply having someone there prevents you from giving into excuses.
- Add variety to your workouts. Don’t just run the same route over and over. Vary the distance, the scenery, or the pace of the run. It will keep your runs new and exciting. In addition to keeping your routine fresh, varying your runs can help prevent you from reaching a plateau point in your times.
- Make a game of it. Have fun! It’s your experience, why not make it entertaining? Make rules for your runs. Pick up the pace for a few seconds every fifth telephone pole. Set your playlist to shuffle and run at the pace of the music. Count how many birds you see, and if you reach a certain amount, slow down or speed up. It’s up to you! Not only will this add more variety to your runs, but having something to focus on will make your runs mentally easier to complete.