I've been talking about this a little on here but one of my goals recently has to become a faster, more efficient runner. Part of this is coming from having PRs that are a few years old and could use some updating but the other part is from seeing other runners on instagram who have these beautiful, comfortable looking strides. I'm not turning this into how women shouldn't fall into the "comparison trap" in social media because (1) I feel we all already know that and it's being talked into the ground and (2) that's not what this piece is about at all!
Rather than making me feel shitty, when I see those photos of Deena or Alexi or Emma, I'm inspired! I want to work harder to become more strong and powerful. So I started doing some research on the topic and surprisingly it wasn't as easy as I thought. Not the actual getting faster--of course that's going to be hard--but finding resources that are detailed and accurate, that was actually a challenge.
So I'm going to detail every step I've found, below. My mission is not to say
1. Strength Train
2. Foam Roll
because that's not helpful AT ALL. I want very very specific information. Like should we squat heavy or light? High rep or low rep? What can I do to get my cadence up? How do I correct my weird duck feet? I'm hoping this can be a helpful resource for y'all! And if you know of any other things that are effective, let me know!
1. STRENGTH TRAIN- when choosing lifts think about overall fitness, not simply leg strength (source).