Who doesn’t want to be a better runner? “Better” isn’t the same for all runners. For some, it means being able to run faster and farther. However, to others it means running injury-free and with more fun and joy. Our passion is helping runners achieve whatever their individual goals are with our proven methods. Here are our top tips for helping you run better whatever that means for YOU.
Improve your running technique
This is the quickest and simplest way to run faster and with fewer injuries. By improving your running biomechanics, you will run with less impact and more efficiency.
Try this tip to get started: Download a metronome app on your smartphone. Set it to 180 beats per minute and on your next run trying run at 180 steps per minute. Most likely this will be quicker than what you are used to. The goal isn’t to run faster. The goal is to take shorter steps which helps improve running economy and reduce impact. Next, play with your steps/min to find your optimal cadence. Most runners fall between 170-180 steps/min.
We suggest finding a running biomechanics expert who specializes in running technique and will help you find the exact cadence most beneficial for you as well as many other tips to improve your biomechanics.
Improve your Nutrition
Most runners eat pretty well but there is always room for improvement. Optimal nutrition enhances recover, boosts performance and increases energy. The key is finding what works best for you AND sticking to it.
We all know that eating more whole foods such as veggies and fruit is best. The hard part is actually doing it, making it tasty and staying motivated. That is where a nutritional coach can greatly help. We highly recommend finding someone you connect with and will give you what you need and specializes in nutrition for athletes.
Try this delicious smoothie recipe from Lindsey to easily add veggies and fruit to your diet.
Proper Coaching & Training
Training incorrectly even just a little bit can result in injury, poor race performances, burn out and losing your love of running. There are many good but generic training programs online that can help runners. But to maximize your potential, we highly recommend finding a coach that will specifically work with you and your goals and needs. An excellent coach will focus not just on training plans but nutrition, running technique and offer personalized attention. The most important thing is finding a coach you connect with. Doing so will help you achieve your goals quickly and effectively.
We at Wholistic Running offer all-in-one coaching packages to help you with personalized training plans, nutritional coaching and technique improvement. Learn more about our Online Coaching, Nutritional Coaching and Injury Prevention & Performance Plans which are personalized specifically for you and have proven benefits for runners of all levels.
Damian & Lindsey