I recently asked some running folk to think about what they needed to shed in order to be a better runner. As well as responding to the image I used (a shed snake skin; a relatively unusual winter find here in the mid-south of England!), someone commented: “That the pace I ran (after running for 3 or 4 years) was the fastest I would ever be.”
So how do you get faster? Well, there are two key areas for development:
1. Practising running faster
2. Letting go of how fast you think you can run.
For most recreational runners, the first part (deciding that it’s going to be ok to feel really uncomfortable for 30-60 minutes a couple of times a week) is fairly straightforward. The second part, however, can be a little more daunting.
For me, the best way to run faster isn’t about trying to get to the end quicker (trust me, getting running finished is ALWAYS on my mind!). If I want to go faster, I use technique to get me there. Making small adjustments to my posture, my arm swing and the recovery action in my legs can make all the difference.
If you’d like some help to improve your running technique, drop me a line. Under current guidance, I can offer one-to-one distanced coaching to support you to run more efficiently and, ultimately, faster.