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 as well as a few of my clients 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.
At that time, I didn’t have the three fitness certifications and credentials I have now. So, on my own 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.
Run Time Results
My first day of Crossfit was June 5, 2017. Four months into that journey journey and my run time has continued to decrease by utilizing Crossfit and incorporating running drills into my run training. My average mile time now is between 9:30 and 10:00 a mile. Again, simply by adding in some run drills and doing some cross training.
Run Time Advice – Cross Train and/or Hire a Coach
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. That is also the benefit of having a coach. If you do not know where to start or where to finish, or what to do, a running coach can help you with that.
Now take the Unicorn Hair and drink the mixture 🙂
I’m kidding, obviously. 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 such as a coach and eating properly, 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 to cut time off of your runs like I have for myself and my clients, make the plunge and let’s get you a training plan put together.
You and your comfort zone might be the only thing standing between you and your dreams. So get out there and go get it!
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