We get it. You don’t just want to run a Tough Mudder, you want to run it fast! While we totally cheer on our walkers as much as our runners, we respect your need for speed. Here are 5 things you can do to increase speed and show everyone on course who’s boss. (By the way, did you know we have an Endurance Series where you can really push yourself and test your limits? Well now you do).
It’s important that you run with proper form to try to avoid injury. This means keeping your head up, your shoulders relaxed, and your arms at a 90-degree angle.
Interval training is a great way to get those Usain Bolt speeds. When interval training, you’ll want to practice running for a short burst of time at a fast pace, and then running at a slower pace for a longer period of time. This will help your body get used to running at a faster pace.
It’s important to make sure you are properly fueled. Running on coffee and dreams will only get you so far. Try eating foods that will give you sustainable energy, such as complex carbohydrates and proteins. If you run in the morning, maybe have some yogurt topped oatmeal before you head out. Or later in the day you could fuel up with a chicken stuffed sweet potato. There are lots of options that can help you reach your goals.
Do we really have to tell you that it’s important to get enough rest? Sleep is an important part of any runner’s lifestyle, helping to promote recovery and energy levels. Getting adequate and quality sleep helps to reduce fatigue and muscle soreness, allowing you to perform at your best. It also helps with injury prevention by giving your body time to repair and rebuild. Sleep also helps with mental sharpness, allowing runners to better focus on their running goals and remain motivated. So, make sure to get plenty of quality rest and your running performance will thank you for it!
Believe in Yourself
If you tell yourself you can do it, you will be more likely to reach your goal. When you believe in yourself, you open yourself up to the possibility of success. You are more likely to take risks and take action, which can give you the confidence to see your goals through. It can also help you get the necessary motivation to stay focused and keep pushing towards your goals, even when it feels like the odds are against you. When you believe in yourself, you can tap into your own inner strength and resilience, which can ultimately help you run fast, or conquer anything else you want to do in life.
Now that you know the 5 things you can do to increase speed, sign up for an event and get running!