Being fast isn’t everything, but it can sure make runs more enjoyable! Here’s how I personally was able to cut minutes off of my run time and you can apply the same methods.
You’re probably skeptical straight away, right? Your curiosity got the best of you and you clicked the link and now you’re here. Well, I promise you two things:
- I’m not going to try to sell you some magic pill
- Nor am I going to tell you to drink a mixture of olive oil and unicorn hair
I’m offering legitimate advice that has helped me personally over the past few months.
My run time had been pretty stagnant for quite some time. I picked my running back up 6 weeks postpartum (late summer 2016) and had been running consistently for 9 months. In that 9 month period, I quite literally could not get my run time below 13:30 per mile. Yep, you read that right, 13:30 per mile. To say I was frustrated is quite the understatement.
I started doing research and trying to come up with ways I could help decrease my time per mile. After speaking with several different folks and doing some research, David (my husband) and I decided to give Crossfit a try. We have some good friends that have been doing Crossfit for quite some time and that seemed to be the best way to roll. If you’d like to read about my first week of doing Crossfit, (it was special, y’all) you can read about it in my other post Surviving the Adjustment of Cross Training by clicking here.
Run Time Results
My first day of Crossfit was June 5, 2017. I have just hit my 2 month anniversary and the results that I have had with it are incredible. My average run time is now 11:30 vs. the 13:30 with only two months in The Box. I expect that number to continually decrease as my strength builds and my stamina increases. All I did was add Crossfit into my workout routine by mixing my running days and Crossfit days up.
Run Time Advice – Cross Train
Just to be clear- cross training does not equal Crossfit. Crossfit can equal cross training. Make sense? Okay, so moving on.
Without boring you with all the details of if something is run specific cross training, etc. My advice here is to make sure that you’re not getting burnt out on your runs. I have found that being burnt out can slow people down.
I have not said all of the above to tell you how awesome I am or whatever. Quite the opposite actually. I tell you this so that you can start thinking outside the norm for your run training.
Bottom Line- if you keep doing the same thing you will get the same results. Period. You cannot just run until you fall out expecting your times to get faster. You must switch things up and this means a cross training regimen.
Let’s be clear, your cross training may not mean Crossfit specifically; Crossfit isn’t for everyone. You must choose something you enjoy, but it must challenge you in different ways that running does. Running challenges everyone in different ways, so think outside the norm of what kind of cross training would work for you and challenge you in a way that running does not. Typically this means a type of strength training.
That’s it. That’s the solution for decreasing your run time. Find a cross training method that works for you and stick to it. Mix it up with your runs; this means that you will need to give up a run day or two or switch it up. (ie. run 3 days, cross train 2 days, rest 2 days then the next week cross train 3 days, run 2 days, rest 2 days). Make it work for you and keep your body guessing and what you’re going to do next.
Now take the Unicorn Hair and drink the mixture 🙂
I’m kidding, obviously. Remember, there is not a magic pill, drink, injection, protein shake, jumping bean, bark from a tree…. nothing that gets you to your goals other than your hard work and determination. Yes, there are things that can help and aid your journey, but you are the magic pill, you have a goal in mind; go get it. There’s nothing better than setting a goal or goals for yourself and giving it all you’ve got by working hard AND smart and achieving those goals.
If you’re wanting specific coaching on how to decrease your run times or reach your goals, I will soon be offering running training plans as I am a certified running coach. Subscribe to my e-mail list to be the first to know when I begin taking new clients!
Be Fierce. Stay the Course. You’re stronger than you know.