Five Ways to Improve Your Running Distance

 The running world is divided between sprinters (those who run short distances at top speeds that can’t be maintained) and distance runners (where the goal is to extend the mileage of the run). Not surprisingly, it’s the distance runner who expends the most energy and needs the most strength to be able to run for miles at a time. Some days are easier than others and the miles just seem to fly by with little or no effort; other days, it feels like you have concrete blocks strapped to your shoes and you can barely make the minimum, let alone push yourself any further. For days like the latter, we have provided you with some hints and tips that will improve your running distance. Feel free to follow them even on days when you feel capable of running forever! Read on for more information, or click here to learn more about or Personal Training Services:

Slow Down

 It may sound overly simple, but if you expend all your extra energy trying to run faster, you may not be able to run longer. A good way to gauge how much energy you are expending is to try and carry on a conversation as you run; the right pace will keep you from being winded.

Make Sure You Eat Enough 

Just like your car needs fuel to move, you need food to run. Bring along foods that you can eat on the run and starting refueling after the first 30 minutes. Continue to do so every 15 to 20 minutes after that.

Do Plyometrics

 Known as jump training, plyometric exercises are great for helping increase speed and power, but are also good for increasing your stamina to allow you to run longer distances. Jump roping, skipping drills, and box jumps all help to create the power and stamina needed for distance running.

Take It One Step at a Time

 The age-old question of “How do you eat an elephant?” has a simple answer: “one bite at a time!” When running long distances, the same answer applies. A journey begins with a single step, and if you mentally break it down into “eatable” distances, you will soon find yourself running longer.


 It can be frustrating when you keep pushing to go further, but see little or no improvements, but our best tip is to stay patient and don’t give up. That tenth of a mile will eventually turn to two tenths of a mile, and then three tenths and so on and so on, until one day you check your pedometer and discover you increased your distance by miles.

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