FB: Nancy and Bobby have given you great tips. I'm with them - what are your goals? Also, how long have you been running?
Generally, I think that if you want to run, say 10 min/mile, you have to actually run 10 min/mile. The trick is figuring out how often and for how long to do it. For a novice runner, the correct answers are not often and not long! Intervals etc are high-risk workouts. You'd be better served running more distance at a comfortable pace to build up some base before trying those boys.
Definitely do NOT lengthen your stride. Speed is a function of stride length and leg turnover. You'd be better off going for improving leg turnover - I think Nancy mentioned strides, those are great for that.
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Running outside does burn many more calories even going the same pace, plus time goes by much faster. As time goes on and the weight continues to come off you will get faster. Try not to rush the process and get injured. Have fun!
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Thanks for sharing your experience...what I was told in my RRCA Coaching Certification class is that most of us should not try to change our form when we run (pose, chi running, etc)...the reason, we usually develop more injuries doing so then if we run what is natural for us (reflexive for each of us).
Just look at Paula Radcliffe...she continually crosses the mid-plane of her chest and yet she is the fastest woman marathoner on the planet.
I have a similar issue. I have a very slow pace. I run about 15 minute miles outdoors. I recently tried to increase my speed by longer strides. But, when I did I found I tweaked an old knee injury from about 5 years ago. So I resorted to my slow pace. I figure its better to run slow than have to give it up completely.
nancy hit on some great points, you need to define your goals. if your reason to run faster is just to get your work outs over quicker you are just looking to be injured. it takes a long time to get a good running base of long slow distance runs. speed is a gradual process, if you have been running less than a year keep it to one speed run per week. try halhigdon.com for some training programs. like nancy said get outside and do some running. one other thing depending on your age you do not want to over stride because that can lead to an injury, just keep a shorter stride and quicker pace (foot turn over) good luck
Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA
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I do it because i can, I can because I want to, I want to because you said I couldn't.
What are your running goals? Do you want to get faster in your shorter races or do you want to run mid to long-distance runs? Depending on your goals will determine the training you will want to focus on.
If you have access to a local running club (you can go to RRCA.org to check to see if there are any in your neck of the woods) that would be my first recommendation. The reason, with increase speed comes increase risk for injury.
Many people believe that it is speed that makes them faster and it does to some degree. But it is really about over-all endurance to the sport that allows you to run faster. Speedwork should be done no more than 1-2 times per week and the newer you are to the sport the less time. Leg stride doesn't make you faster it is really leg turnover that does.
I would also suggest you get outside to run. The reason, the treadmill will pick a pace for you and allow you to hold that pace but it does not allow for quick pick-ups/strides which can take place within your training runs.
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