Training

One Coach Shares The Best Way To Become Faster

Looking to get faster? Our resident coach shares her tips to help you build speed and, at the same time, become a stronger runner.

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NCAA runner turned high school coach Hillary Kigar has an answer for all things training! 

Q: I have been running the same pace for two years. What’s the best way to get faster?

The good news is that by running a consistent pace for the last two years, you have established a strong foundation! The best way to get faster is to vary the distance and pace of your runs.

For example, if you have been consistently going on 4-mile runs at 9-minute-mile pace, mix in a 3-miler at 8:30 pace once a week. Another fun thing that helps with speed is to do strides once or twice a week after your run. A stride is a 10- to 30-second almost-sprint. Do four or five strides, resting between each one, to help your legs practice what it feels like to move a little more quickly.