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Slow down to speed up

As runners, one goal for a lot of us is to get faster.  I’m going to encourage you to slow down to speed up.  I spoke about this a lot in a blog I wrote last year on the 5 reasons we do the long run slow.  And you can read that here.  But there are a few other areas of our life we could afford to slow down in to get better running results.

1)Slow down your eating.

What I mean by this isn’t necessarily taking 52 chews per mouthful, but rather thinking more about your choices when you’re eating.  Could you spend an hour on your weekend planning your meals for the coming week? You could then order all the ingredients in an online shop, saving you time so you could…

2)Slow down your warm-up

So many runners miss this crucial part of their run because they’re so eager to get going, but the more time you spend on warming up properly, the better your run will be.  You can learn all about the warm up in my Running Technique Workshop.

3)Slow down your run

I spoke about why in that blog, but I wanted to explain why slowing down your run will help you run faster from a fuelling perspective.  Remember that graph I used in last week’s blog?  Well, if you slow down your long run, you will be less reliant on the sugar-fuelled anaerobic energy system.  This means you’re using the fat-fuelled aerobic system more, and by using it more, it’ll become more efficient.  And more efficient means that your pace will become quicker.

4) Slow down your racing

Not every race you do needs to be at break-neck speed.  In fact, some of my favourite races have been when I’ve taken it easy and enjoyed the experience.  You get to see a lot more, and what’s more, you’re able to return to training the next day as the race didn’t take everything out of you.

And finally

5) Slow down your negative thoughts

In order to achieve anything in life, you’ve got to believe you can, and believing you can doesn’t start with thinking “I can’t”… “I’m not good enough”… “I’m too slow”…

I CAN!  I’M MORE THAN ENOUGH! I’M EXACTLY THE PACE I SHOULD BE.

If you want to learn more about speeding up your running, then make sure you check out my free 3-part video series on how to love running.

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Angela Isherwood

Angela Isherwood is the founder of I Run Success
She is a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer, a Run England Running coach, and a multiple marathon runner. She is a London Marathon Good for Age runner, a Boston Marathon Qualifier, a parkrun Run Director and Trainer for Goodgym Colchester.

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