So you want to increase your speed when running ?
I’ll share with you some tips you can start doing right away, so that you can
increase your speed, so you can have the edge other your former self 🙂
Sprinting form matters!
If you are a gifted speedster, you can still run fast, you just won’t ever hit your peak form, as your running form is poor.
If you are not a gifted speedster & want to get faster you will have to have great form, it’s more important for you, as you have no gift of speed to fall back on right ?
So if you want to pick up faster speeds, you have to focus on your posture.
Your posture plays a major part in how fast your body can move. When you run with good posture, you prevent the chance of getting a strain or an injury too, your head & neck must also be in position, while your eyes should be forward, not looking back lol.
The chin should remain tucked in, and when you get to fall speed, you should be tall, but with a slight lean forward, and your shoulders should be level and relaxed, if you get tense you get slower, ever watch a 100 m Sprint, and see this happen ?
When done correct, you’re not even running, you’re gliding across the floor, that should be your aim, the average Joe does not run correct, so you will have the edge for sure, on a lot of those you run against.
Then you look into the number of strides you are taking, the more strides you cover, you cover more ground, which allows you to increase your speed so you can run faster, right ?
So then it comes down to stride length, this will dictate how quick you’re able to spring off the ground as you sprint.
This is why those that flat-footed, are dead slow lol!
They run like they’re walking, you are sprinting, you take strides, when you take shorter strides it makes you control the pace at which you hit the ground running & take lift off.
So the shorter & more frequent strides will make you run faster whilst you sprint. So what about muscle mass?
You need muscle mass so you can push off the ground much quicker and stronger, when it’s weak it makes it that much more difficult to push off the ground, and when you do, you’ll have to pace yourself as you will not have a lot in the tank. You can more easily get hurt too, so it’s always good to work on your lower body, don’t skip leg days!
In saying that though, leanness is more important than having bulky muscles, when doing long distance, or running a marathon, as endurance is the biggest factor, and having optimal energy input, hence your tank can last longer.
You should also stretch your body before running fast, you could pull something, and also don’t just keep sprinting everyday like crazy, your body will need time to rest, so give your self time to rest up, heal up and let your body get stronger, don’t just sprint Monday to Sunday okay ?
How To Sprint Faster Guide
Warm up right!
As I said to you, this is the first thing you should do, it will prevent you getting hurt, so warm up your quads, hamstrings, glutes & calves, when done right, this will be one less things to think about, as you know you’re most likely not going to get hurt.
Keep the right sprint technique, it’s like what I was saying at the start, good posture in your upper body, your spine straight, with a lean a slightly forward, whilst your neck and shoulders relaxed.
Do not tense your body, or you will go slower, keep your fingers loose. Talking of technique, you need to be running on the balls of your feet.
If you want to be sprinting, you don’t run flat-footed as I said before, push off the ground with the ball of your foot, not your heels, as soon as it leaves the ground!
Drive through your toes as the ball of your foot leaps off the ground, then try and keep your alternate foot strike on the ball of your opposite foot (I hope that makes sense to you) Now you arm actions, as you run, bend your arms at a ninety-degree angle, swing them in the opposite direction of your legs to help balance your torso and gain momentum.
Make sure that your arm movement is back and forth rather than across your body too.
Strides, make the shorter, the shorter they are, the more strides you can make, as the length you go will be further, which makes the sprint faster.
The longer the stride is the more in the air & out of control you are, that’s not good, shorter strides you have the potential to push forward faster, which equals you win!
Work on your cardio, faster sprinting comes with practice, don’t listen to those that say “It’s just running”/ “Just run fast” as all of those saying that have no real life experience running fast!
They are sick & bitter, as they cannot clock fast times, focus on your cardio training this takes work, the better you get at this, the faster you will get, the speed won’t feel like a thing, you will run at a fast rate & won’t even be breathing heavy, like you used to.
I’ve done this myself, and had those that witnessed it, with their damn jaws open, like I’m BOLT LMAOOO!
I practice, practice, practice.. Sprinting drills, box jumps, high knees, hill sprints & other core exercises to help build up my strength to start running faster.
Strength training too, can help your entire body, if you do HIIT (high-intensity training) can improve your burst speed, which is vital and I did this too, so I can burst quick at a shorter distance before the other person can get time to leave the ground.
Also, this guy is not the fastest man alive by a long shot, but if you look at the football player Harry Kane, he was very, very slow, he worked on his speed years ago, and even though he will never be able to beat Mbappé in a foot race, compared to the other slow runners he can now beat more of them than he could before, and have some chance of beating some of the players, vs none of them.
So I hope if you are slow, that can push you to still work on your speed, it should be you vs you anyways. Lastly breathe…
Your breathing should be one of the main focuses of your running, it provides your muscles with oxygen keeps your breath synced up with your strides to help maximize your aerobic capacity.
Don’t make the mistake of holding your breath, you need to breathe through your mouth/ nose, don’t be one of those runners that hold their breath like they’re drowning & then get to the line and pass out lool.
I really enjoyed sharing that with you, please let me know your thoughts!
Until nex time, ciao 🙂
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