I have always considered myself a fun-runner rather than someone who kept time or worried about the pace. I didn’t think those numbers were important but now that I have officially begun my half-marathon training, I want to keep track of those numbers and increase my pace while running so that I can finish the race around the 2 hour mark..or at least that’s my goal right now. I don’t own a fancy GPS watch but runkeeper app is serving my needs pretty well so far. My average pace is just under 10 minutes per mile which according to this chart, I will finish my race in 2:10 but I want to do better than that. Compared to last week, I am struggling a little bit with running primarily due to heat. It’s always so hot here even at 10 PM – not kidding. One of the things I am focusing on currently is my pace and how to increase my pace while running. By no means am I an expert when it comes to running but here are a few tips that I have picked up along the way.
How to Increase your pace while Running?
be consistent with running: I did not run as much last year compared to previous years so I feel like I am starting it all over again. In order to do better with your pace, try to run consistently so you can build up on your time/strength rather than getting back to where you were the previous year.
alternate between a run/walk/sprint: Instead of running really fast and being out of breath/energy, I do better when I take a minute walk break in between running. Sprinting in between is also a good exercise because you really don’t realize how fast you can run until you truly sprint.
pick a pace: No matter what your pace is right now, be okay with it and focus on doing better rather than getting too hung up on numbers.
change audio cues: (This is more of a personal preference) While runkeeper is a great app, sometimes those audio cues could be discouraging especially in the beginning weeks of your training. I had to set it to distance (each mile) rather than telling me both time and distance every 5 minutes.
Fuel and hydrate: I can’t stress enough how important both these things are. While I would not recommend running right after a large meal or after drinking a gallon of water but make sure you feel energized before the run. It does really make a huge difference – true story.
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