What to do to help me run faster?

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  1. fireshot91 macrumors 601

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    I don't have any weight machines at home or anything, and apart from running till I'm dead, what can I do to run faster w/o the use of any machines? Like some normal exercises I can do at home or anything?
     
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    you can do plyometrics, jump rope, lunges, natural squats, etc

    ab work (its important for running)
     
  3. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Whats plyometrics?
     
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    You could also "run" in the pool. Many have used this technique to success.
     
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    Do you run at one pace? Or start fast and then gradually slow down?

    Try running intervals where you run at a slightly slower pace, then speed up for a couple of minutes, slow down for a couple of minutes and speed up again (and repeat)
     
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    I'm trying to get in shape for Soccer and sports in school, but I haven't actually ran in ~2 months. I'm thinking of running just endurance because I can run decent speed right now, but I can't hold that speed for a decent time.
     
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    suicide sprints or ladder runs may be good too


    suicide sprints are when you have to touch a series of lines, run back, go a lil further, run back, etc

    ladder runs are on a ftball field where you follow the yard lines and go in a ladder pattern
     
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    Strap a couple steaks to your body, and let a starving pitbull chase you around.
     
  10. fireshot91 thread starter macrumors 601

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    Would jumping jacks or jumping over a line back and forth continuously help?
     
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    1. Buy a ticket to Spain in July and travel to Pamplona by July 6th.

    2. Run.
     
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    1. Buy a ticket to Spain in July and travel to Plamplona. 2. Run.
     
  13. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    Running up hills, swimming laps, anything to build endurance helps a lot.

    Even just try alternating between jogging and then building up to a sprint and holding it and then relaxing back to a jog is a good way to build endurance.
     
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    1. Post twice in the Help Me Run Faster Forum.
    2. :D

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    Static exercises will only do so much good - eg: Doing squats, etc, is only going to help to a certain extent. Like he said a few posts up: Plyometrics are good; Also, vary your workout to avoid the muscle memory of doing the same thing over and over. And then, of course, just get out there are run like hell... Practice practice.
     
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    <sarcasm>steroids:eek:</sarcasm>

    Running in a shallow pool does help, for every step you take its like taking 5.
     
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    I'm a fan of 40/20's: warm up, then do 12-15 cycles of 40 second sprints, followed by 20 seconds jogging. Sprints will get you moving, the jog between will keep you going but give you a break to cool off. Do it at least a few times a week, but make sure to give yourself resting time between workouts. They will get easier, and as they do, cut your jog time down to 15, then 10. You should be able to keep a pretty decent pace (non-sprint) and it will feel like a breeze...
     
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    I heard it was fatal.
     
  19. MrM macrumors 6502

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    Run with weights on your ankles. Go buy some 2 or 3 pound weights made for it (they are typically Velcro-strapped) . Seriously, it helps. You'll feel the burn.
     
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  21. sared macrumors newbie

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    1) jogging - do this for 3 months then.....
    2) jogging with weights on your legs / hips - do this for 3 months then....
    3) Sprints
     
  22. itgoesbuzz macrumors regular

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    I can run a quick (its not that quick) mile but after that i am mediocre at best. I don't like to run but it gives me the best workout. I am horrible at endurance though so i've been working on that. Recently it looks like:

    Day 1: 30 min jog (it eventually turns into a trudge)
    Day 2: 15 min jog
    Day 3: Run mile as fast as possible
    Day 4: off
    repeat

    i do other stuff besides that at the gym but that is the general idea of what im doing as far as running/jogging. I've seen my mile time go down a bit, and my endurance has gotten slightly better, but I have good and bad days. I have been dieting so my energy levels might be lower than they normally would be.

    the only other option would have to be the pitbull suggestion.
     

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