If you want to run competitively, any “coach” will tell you that you need to focus on running. But if you simply want to run faster, the key is to run smarter…not necessarily more often. Not sure where to start? That’s where I come in! I’ve made every mistake in the book. And then I started training with purpose. QUALITY over QUANTITY. INTENSITY over FREQUENCY. FASTER over FURTHER. So if you want to be a faster runner, you need to train faster. Makes sense, right? Let’s do this!
The amazing thing is that you can still enjoy the other activities you love. But what if you enjoy many forms of exercise? Perhaps you run to improve or maintain your fitness levels, but you don’t want to train for a marathon if it means skipping your favorite Yoga class every week? Or what if you are a stay-at-home mom of a toddler and a baby, and your only adult social interactions are with the other moms in your weekly Power Pump class?
What if you’re considering a marathon…and you’re actually a pretty decent runner. But running isn’t your life? Or even if you’d like to run more often, your husband has a crazy work schedule, and you can’t get outside to run more than a few early mornings each week? Or last night was one of those nights, so your early morning run wasn’t even an option?
I hear ya, friend. This is me. This has been my life for the past 10+ years as a mom. Can you relate? Sometimes running every day literally isn’t even an option. But I have good news. You don’t have to run EVERY day to run faster. Instead, you just have to run SMARTER. 3 KEY weekly runs=quality OVER quantity. Run less, and still have enough days in the week to squeeze in Work…meals…Yoga…Power Pump…Zumba…Cycle…Swimming…sick children…play dates…life!
This means that on your non-running days, your muscles will have time to RECOVER and RECHARGE. These cross-training workouts in-between run sessions will improve fitness, and add VARIETY. Instead of muscular FATIGUE from running every day, your muscles will ADAPT.
By running 3 times a week, you will experience fewer OVERUSE injuries. And you will have more FUN. You will burn-out LESS. Cross-training will help with the muscles’ ability to use oxygen and fat as energy sources instead of depleting your limited stores of glycogen. (Sorry to get a little scientific there…this stuff gets me excited!)
Whether you are getting ready to train for your next marathon, or simply want to run faster, get ready to dive into the 3 key runs you should be doing each week to make this happen.
I can’t wait for you to turn your running dreams into reality! Here are the key runs you should do each week to get faster:
#1–INTERVAL TRAINING (click here for more on intervals)
#2–TEMPO RUNS (click here to learn all about tempo runs)
#3–LONG RUN (click here to learn how to plan your weekly long run)
So there you have it. Combine these 3 quality runs with 2 days of running specific cross-training, and you will run your fastest race yet!
When I changed my running ways, and started running LESS, I got FASTER. I shaved over an hour off my marathon time! What tips do you have for running faster? What’s worked for you? What hasn’t worked? Let me know in the comments!
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