There are no miracle shortcuts when it comes to learning how to run better. If you want to be a better runner, you need to be consistent in your running practices. Go out for a run every day, even if it’s only for ten minutes, or set aside three days a week for a long run, but then make sure you stick to the schedule. The more you practice, the better your running will get.
- Write down your current stats. Using a small notebook, jot down how frequently you run, how many miles and what your regular speed is. Note how long it takes you to run a mile and how you feel after it. If you’re out of breath, you’ll need to work on your cardiovascular fitness. If your legs are tired, you might want to do some lower body weight training to strengthen your muscles. Before you can learn to run better, you need to understand your current place.
- Have a goal in mind. You can’t improve and run better if you don’t have an ultimate place you want to reach. Whether you want to run a marathon next year, improve your speed or be able to last longer, make sure you are clear on what you want to achieve before you set out to try it.
- Push yourself a little more every week. If you normally run for fifteen minutes before you’re exhausted, try running for sixteen or seventeen minutes the next time you go out. Do it for a whole week and your body should get used to it. Once sixteen minutes feel natural, increase the running time by two or three minutes. Continue until you reach your goal.
- Find a running coach. If you can afford to train with a professional, do it. You’ll learn techniques on how to improve muscle resistance, cardiovascular endurance and form. A running coach is not the same as a personal trainer. Look for a qualified coach on a running website or in a magazine, or ask about one at a local sports store.
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