How To Run Track Faster
Being a successful track runner requires a significant commitment. Many hours of training and a strong sense of dedication to the sport are essential. However, for most track runners, the end desire is to run faster. If you feel like your track times have reached a standstill, try reassessing your overall shape, form, and technique. By ensuring that you are running using correct technique and adding a few extra modifications and exercises to your training, you will start run faster track times.
Start incorporating sprint workouts into your track training regime. Sprint training will help increase your speed in many ways. Sprinting focuses on a achieving sudden quick bursts of running which can help give the momentum for an overall quicker pace; similar to the way a track runner wants to start out a race.
A certain amount of cross training is necessary for track runners to achieve their best possible running speeds. In general, it is recommended that the bulk of your strength training occurs during the off season so that you can focus that majority of your energy and focus on track skills. However, even during the "on season" it is important to continue with a certain level of muscle and weight training. Strong, powerful muscles are essential for getting a quick start. For longer track meets, muscle strength is essential. The type of weight training required will depend on which distances you primarily run in track; shorter distance runners usually benefit from having larger, more developed muscles, whereas longer distance runners require overall lean muscle strength.
Many times, athletes get caught up in the race and forget about the basics, such as remembering to take the time to properly stretch and warm up. However, not only will this help prevent injuries from occurring, making sure your muscles are stretched before a race will also improve your running time. In particular, make sure to stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps and lower back muscle groups. Before you stretch, jog for a few minutes to warm up your muscles. Although many track runners stretch their muscles cold, this can actually cause damage and tearing to your muscles.
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