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Thursday, March 26, 2009

the need for speed

I'm not a particularly fast runner. I'm usually finish races somewhere in the middle of the pack. And generally, I'm fine with that.

But it would be nice to be just a little faster.

This week at the Runners' Lounge, we're discussing tips to satisfy the need for speed. We've been asked to share "a tip, technique, training idea or magical potion" to get faster.

While a magical potion would be nice, I have found there is a simple trick to running faster.

Are you ready?

The secret to running faster ..... is to run faster!

I often find myself getting a little lazy with my running. Sure I'm out there putting in the miles several times a week, but I'm not always challenging myself. I'll just plod along at a comfortable speed.

Sometimes I run with a friend much faster than me. I can't keep up with her, but she turns back whenever she pulls too far ahead. And even though we can't run together, I always have great runs with her. I push myself a little harder, and run a bit faster.

I shocked myself the first time I "chased" her last summer, finishing four hilly miles in 36 minutes. At the time, I didn't think I could run that fast for that long. And it wasn't even that hard!

Not all of my training runs are speedy, but I've been motivated to push myself more often now that I know I can do it.

For the past few weeks, I've been running hill repeats once a week. It's part of our team runs -- for a racing team started by my local running shop. We ran seven hills this week (200 meters up a bridge), and we're working our way up to 12. And then it's time for speed work on the track. Surely this will help my speed as well.

I'm looking forward to all the spring and summer races to see if there's a difference!

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At 7:48 AM, March 27, 2009, Blogger J said...

That is great that you have a club to run hills with! I am sure that will help you get faster!

At 8:44 AM, March 27, 2009, Blogger raulgonemobile said...

That's a good plan, running with someone faster. As long as it works for the two of you, it'll certainly help you become faster.

Good luck with the hill repeats.. I usually run out of gas around 4 or 5.. You're doing great!

At 9:51 AM, March 27, 2009, Blogger The Happy Runner said...

It's nice to have someone to run with, to help you push yourself!

And, yep, we're on the same page -- that's because it is so true :-)

At 9:38 AM, April 07, 2009, Blogger Sneaker Sister said...

I've been told by a very fast friend of mine that the trick to getting faster is to run intervals, hills and repeats. So, that is what I will be doing this summer.


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