Running is one of the easiest activities to participate in. You do not need equipment or a gym membership.
Most people can leave their house and just start going.
In one way it is good since almost anyone can participate in the activity. But that can also be its worst enemy.
There is a lot of information about running on the internet. Most of the time someone explains what their running program looks like and may or may not promote it as the best way to go.
Despite ignoring the individuality concept of training, other people will read someone else’s program and use it as their own.
I cannot really complain because at least people are doing some kind of exercising.
The idea that I do not like pertains to decreasing the time of the run. Whether it is a mile, 2 miles, whatever distance split, many people want to run faster.
Running faster times is a very simple concept but many people are missing the mark.
When someone wants to run faster the strategy cannot be: run at the same speed for a longer distance. That is a strategy to run longer.
The way to train to be faster is to run faster.
If we remember that the human body is built to adapt, it is going to make changes based on the demands placed on it.
If you always train with slow paced, long distance running, the body is going to make you good at that activity.
By running more distance, you are only going to get better at running more distance.
The speed of the movement has to increase if a greater performance speed is the goal.
When the speed increases, the distance must decrease though.
Sprinting is a strategy to develop some speed. When we sprint for short distances, different muscle fibers are recruited.
They are called fast twitch muscle fibers and they are necessary for short, quick, and powerful muscle action. Developing these fast twitch muscle fibers is a way to incorporate muscle fibers that are not designed for slow paced movement.
Training with shorter distances allows you to go faster and develop the proper muscle fibers designed for speed.
This could be anything from 50m to 400m (or about a quarter mile). Any of these shorter distances will allow you to train to be fast.
Again though, it is an individual concept. If someone runs 10 miles per day, 1 mile is going to seem like a short distance. In this case, running one mile as fast as possible will help develop some speed.
I cannot really say how we stopped thinking logically when it comes to exercise. There are a lot of aspects of fitness that just do not make a whole lot of sense.
When it comes to running faster, the key is to train faster. This does not mean every workout should be sprints, unless that’s what you want to be good at.
It is essential to train for the goal that you have in mind. It is also essential to think critically about that goal.
The same goes for resistance training as well. Will lifting 3 pounds weights develop strength? No.
For distance runners that want to improve their time, interval or “track” workouts can be extremely beneficial.
Get away from the five milers every so often and do some sprinting. It will assist with you with running the faster times you are striving for.