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3 Secrets That Make Running Feel Easier

Jul 17 2014 - 7:40am

Always wanted to be a faster runner, but dread the thought of incorporating speed drills and track workouts [1] into your routine? Take notes from ultramarathoner Jennifer Pattee, owner of Basic Training [2] in San Francisco. "I am not a particularly fast runner; my body is built for endurance," Jennifer says. "If I wanted to become faster the quickest way possible, I would do track workouts and speed work. But I don't really like track workouts and speed work — even though they work — so I avoid them until I have to do them." Instead she focuses on making running efficient with the following tips, which she's dubbed "the lazy girl's approach to speed work."

While you shouldn't cut out conventional speed training if you are trying to shave minutes off your mile, small changes that make running more efficient can help you with your speed relatively quickly. Take it from Jennifer, who explains the connection between running efficiency and speed this way: "When I am running more efficiently, running feels easier. When running feels easier, I have more fun. When I have fun running, I run more often. When I run more often, I get in great shape. When I am in my best shape, I run my fastest." Sounds like "lazy" might be a misnomer!

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