If you’re a runner, it’s likely you’re interested in setting goals for yourself and being a better runner than you were yesterday. Yes, progressing with this sport takes time – and it can be done! Below are five tips on how to be a better and stronger runner.
What Does It Mean to Become a Better Runner?
Becoming a stronger runner looks differently from person to person. In fact, it doesn’t always mean running faster or working on speed. For you, becoming a better runner might look like:
- Running further
- Staying injury-free
- Having confidence in yourself
- Running more consistently
- Nailing your pre, during, and post-run fueling
- Running with fewer walking breaks
- Pushing through mental barriers
- Getting more sleep
- Making time to strength train
The list goes on! Remember, there is no right or wrong way to progress as a runner.
5 Principles for Becoming a Stronger Runner:
First, running is just as much mental as it is physical. Don’t let your mind be what hinders your running! Take time during your training to practice, build, and sharpen your mental toughness skills.
In addition, your training is only as good as your recovery. If you’re lacking an effective and healthy post-run routine, it’s possible you might be jeopardizing your training, progress, and health.
Next, it’s important to follow a training plan that is customized to you. You are unique and so is your training!
Stronger fueling equals stronger running! Make sure you’re eating the appropriate amount of food and are timing your meals and snacks well to meet your training needs.
Rise and Run is full of delicious and easy to make recipes for runners!
Learn how to fuel your running here. Meghann Featherstunn, a sports dietitian, sub-3 hour marathoner, and founder of Featherstone Nutrition, explains why fueling is important and how to find what works best for you.
Finally, if you’re looking to avoid injuries, make sure you’re supplementing your running with strength training. For instance, incorporating strength into your schedule just two or three times a week can make a huge difference with your running!
Read more about strength for runners here. Holly Richard, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, 3:07 marathoner, and founder of Stronger Movement, provides guidance on how to start strength training and insight as to why it will make you a stronger runner.
5 Principles of How to Be a Better Runner:
What is something you’ve done to become a stronger runner?