Running is not only a fun-filled activity, but it is also a serious event that can be life-altering. The more distance an athlete covers in a designated time frame, the more accomplished him or she feels both physically and even psychologically. Becoming a successful runner especially in long distances requires the building of some particular component that would give a boost to skill, thereby making you adequately ready for the race.
Here is an essential list of routines/training that helps you boost your skills, and also helps you get ready for a race.
Fartlek is a Swedish term for speed play and is tagged an essential component in the distance running. Fartlek is done by carefully bursting into speed while in the middle of the race training. It merely means intermixing of some periods running fast and some periods of running slow. Fartlek allows your legs to utilize various paces. The basic of the Fartlek is to help the athlete know the time he or she can go at an individual pace. It’s essential that Fartlek should not be overdone, i.e., Ensuring the body can maintain the speed it is running.
Just like the name implies, it means running on a hill or an inclined plane. This training requires lots of mental and will power. Hill and incline routines and sessions helps in building up of the muscles especially that of your clave, therefore giving you an edge(regarding power, speed, and leverage)over running on the flat surface field since the same muscle groups used in the hill and inclined session are used on the flat surface field too. Hill routine also offers the benefit of preventing injuries, since muscles around your knee are improved and strengthens during the method.
Intervals involve short time frame of running hard and a longer time frame of resting in which you can either jog or walk. This training will be done on the track where distances are clearly defined. The interval running involves mostly speed workouts whereby both the length and pace is accurately laid out before you even begin. This routine helps the athlete become more efficient physiologically over some time.
The Tempo Run:
Tempo Run is known as the least complicated speed workouts; this is because the track of the distance is not kept and doesn’t require regular recalling of the time split. During this training, your body realizes how to run economically thereby enabling an increase in your speed level and maximizing your body’s endurance.
The Long Run:
The long run is said to be the most crucial because it gives your body the needed endurance and stamina (both physically and mentally) that will carry you throughout the distant runs.
Practice makes perfect and building towards distance running is no joke, but if you follow the basic routine listed above before you head out to the road or track, you can be sure you are on your way to becoming a successful athlete.