“How do I become a faster runner?”
At some point, this question will cross the mind of every runner. We lace up our shoes, put in the miles, and hope to run longer and faster then we did the day before. But then, at some point, we run into issues. Whether the problems arise from fatigue, soreness, or a plateau, struggles in running are as common as the running shoes we where. But here’s the good news, the struggles you face during training are exactly what you need to grow into a better runner.
What do I mean?
Well, when you struggle you are pushing against some sort of resistance. Whether it’s from longer mileage, faster miles, or higher hills, you must always face resistance in your running. Even if it’s as simple as stopping yourself from hitting the snooze button when it’s time to wake up and train. Whatever the resistance, know that we expand by demand. Resistance is GIFT to help you become a faster, stronger, and a more enduring runner!
It’s not in how many miles you run, it’s in how uncomfortable you are willing to get. The SECRET to speed and strength is in our struggles.
But to gain speed and strength, you must perform exercises designed to do so. For example, you can run all day, but if you do not work in speed training, then you will not become a faster runner.
So what exercises will help you become a faster runner?
I’m happy you asked! Read on and learn a set of strength exercises that will improve your running speed. By applying the following exercises, you feel light on your feet and run faster than ever before!
So are you ready? I sure am! Let’s dive in. Let’s discuss 5 essential strength exercise that’ll make you run faster.
The secret to running faster is to perform exercises that will help you run faster. So if you stay consistent, and add them to your workouts, you will see results. Your speed muscles will break down and grow back stronger with each new exercise. Eventually you will run faster.
The repetitions and sets listed for each exercise are only where it starts. To grow, you must understand that adaptation and progression is everything.They are imperative to your growth. They are how someone can go from walking a hill to climbing a mountain. Or how I’ve gone from running a mile on a treadmill to 100-mile ultramarathons. Or how you will go from where you are now to the fast runner you wish to be. For example, if you build up to a 30-second plank then increase the time and hold the pose longer the next time.
Remember, we expand by demand, and weight is relative to what you can handle. Your struggle through 10 box jumps today may become equivalent to 20 box jumps next month. Just like your struggle holding an 8-minute mile pace today will be similar to your 7-minute mile pace next month.
The more resistance you apply to your speed muscles the more they break down and grow. And through constant progression, you will become the faster and stronger runner you seek to become. Through the 5 exercises listed, speed training, and running long distance, you will toe your next starting line with a faster pair of legs. You will reach the start as a different runner, a stronger runner, and YES, a faster runner, ready to set a PR!