Those of you who have read my blog for a while probably clicked on this post out of curiosity more than anything else. I am probably the least qualified person to tell you how to run fast.
But while I enjoy representing the 10+ minute mile runners out there, I do have dreams of someday running a 5k under 30 minutes.
It’s funny that when it comes to running, it seems that the most simplest statements have made the biggest impact for me. I’ve mentioned it before, but my husband once said to me “All it takes to be a runner is to RUN”. So simple, but so true. That’s when I finally started calling myself a runner.
So what is the simple statement about running fast?
It’s actually from my Karna Fitness Boot Camp leader Christie who says,
“To run fast, you have to run fast.”
Told you it was simple. But it’s true. If you don’t run fast, you’ll never get faster.
So yesterday morning, I decided to run fast.
I hadn’t planned on it – actually I had planned a typical morning run with Katie. But she slept through her alarm. She has a seven month old baby who still doesn’t always sleep through the night so she gets a pass! But I knew I had no excuse.
My neighborhood is just one big loop that is exactly 0.4 miles. I started out and ran as fast as I could. I looked down at my phone at the end of one loop (I tend to use the RunKeeper app on my phone in the morning because it is too dark to see my Garmin) and I realized I ran that first 0.4 miles in 3:50. Ooh that’s fast for me. I decided to see what I could do. I walked for about ten seconds and ran the 0.4 miles again. Then walked ten seconds. Then did it again. And again. And again.
Whoa. An average pace of 9:46? Me??
Even though I walked every 0.4 miles, I still ran faster overall than I ever have in my adult life.
Maybe I really could run a 5k in under 30 minutes…
But those two miles weren’t pretty. They were downright hard. I haven’t breathed that hard and pushed myself that hard in a long time. But oh did it feel good to see that time. I couldn’t stop smiling all morning.
I think I will be seeing a lot more of those loops in my near future.
Do you have any other suggestions for how to get faster?