We all want to do more miles and run more marathon. We all want to be faster and we all want to beat the times that we have set for ourselves. As we all get older, we all tend to slow down and not push our bodies as hard as we did when we were younger. We get out of bed a little slower and even if we run a marathon in a week, it is still not as fast as we used to be. So what can we do to make our workouts more intense? How can we pack in more miles and still be able to go faster?
The answer lies with having a good training program. You must know what pace you will be running in and how you will be able to maintain that pace throughout the race. As a marathon runner, I know that my pace depends on the distance of the race and the type of course I am running. This means that I have to think about which category I am running in before I decide what pace I will be using. For example, if I am running in the sprints, I will work on my speed and my endurance. This comparison will help you more.
A good way to find out what pace you will be running at is to do just a couple of laps around the track. Take a break, eat something light (water, jelly or milk) and then start running again. If you have done this a few times, you should be able to estimate your stamina quite accurately. On your first try at the same distance, you will likely to be breathing heavily. However, as you go on and do more, your pace should improve and you will be able to drop the required amount of space on each individual lap.
Another important thing to work on is your form. If you are a good runner and have maintained a good pace for a while, you will notice that you can also run a very long race without stopping. Even if you don’t feel like you are running at your maximum, it is still important to maintain a good speed. Just make sure that you don’t try to go too fast!
One of the best and most effective race-specific workouts for distance runners is interval training. This consists of short bursts of high intensity activity followed by a recovery period of moderate intensity activity. It is very effective at improving your endurance and your pace. You will need to do some research to find some good interval runs that are available and incorporate them into your daily routine for the best results.
As a final point, remember to always give yourself a reward. Even if you are going the extra mile to beat your personal best, it is always nice to get a silver medal or gold medal at the end of the race. If you don’t win, at least you will have qualified to run in the next half marathon, half-marathon or full marathon in two years! Not only will you have experienced the thrill of winning, you will also have the incentive to continue running by taking the silver medal home.