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amiznit
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OT Runners: how do I get faster?

I started running a couple of months ago. I typically go on a 3.3 mile run around the neighborhood 2-4 times a week and usually finish in just over 30 mins (pretty much a 9:30min/mile clip). You might laugh but this is significant progress for me since I wasn't able to run but 1-2 minutes before getting winded at the beginning of August when I started.

Anyways, I'd like to get down to a sub 8 min/mile rate, preferable down to 7:30/mile. What are some ways to increase speed while still being able to complete the run (and maybe even go longer distances)?


tiggerthetooth
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Leg workouts worked into a regular cardio routine. Eat right, take care of your body etc.


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BROffshoreTigerFan
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Mixing in some shorter distance sprints could help.


Bunta
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
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Mixing in some shorter distance sprints could help.

What I was going to suggest.


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BRgetthenet
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Start running faster.


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Athanatos
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Tempo runs, fartleks, long runs, and vibram five fingers.


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fightin tigers
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
intervals.


what worked for me was 1/4 mile as fast as I could sustain.
1/4 mile a little above a brisk walk.
repeat for at least 2 miles.


Dandy Lion
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Fartlek


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91TIGER
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Read up on tempo run/interval training.


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BTHog
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Nothing wrong with those times for someone just starting out. Ive been running for 20 plus years.

If i push it i can run a sub 5:30 second mile. But not when im running multiple miles.

You get faster by running. Its the only way. Do you have good shoes?


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Salmon
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
interval sprints, preferably 1/4 mile sprints


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chRxis
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
dynamic leg exercises…. squats, box jumps, and make sure you work your hamstrings just as much as your quads…. one set of muscles pulls the legs forward, one pulls it back…. evenly train them and it will make the most of your running…

but know that you are somewhat limited by genetics…. you may see some speed increases, but it likely won't be dramatic…. but if that doesn't matter then do your thing


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ZereauxSum
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
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what worked for me was 1/4 mile as fast as I could sustain.
1/4 mile a little above a brisk walk.
repeat for at least 2 miles.


This.

You have to mix sprinting into your runs. I run about as frequently as the OP but do 2-3 miles one day and 1 mile as fast as I can the next.


dawgfan24348
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Member since Oct 2011
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Step 1: Make a rocket, don't ask me how just do it
Step 2: Stick the rocket up your ass
Step 3: Lite fuse to rocket
Step 4: You are now the rocket man


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BTHog
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Really? I just run 5 miles 5 days a week and swim 3 miles. Each day the other two days.


fratinthehat
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Find a track workout online.


Salmon
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On the trails
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
if you want to run faster, you have to train faster

pretty simple


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TigerTreyjpg
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Member since Jun 2008
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Intervals and fartlicks. If the fart's bad enough, you'll run like a scalded dog.


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Gnarls Broccoli
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
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Really? I just run 5 miles 5 days a week and swim 3 miles. Each day the other two days.

You must be an Olympic athlete or a Navy SEAL...


BTHog
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re: OT Runners: how do I get faster?
Why? Thats the only working out i do and has been fr years.

I am retired military. Though and yes in good shape.


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