Two Sneaky Tricks to Kick Your Run Into High Gear

Want to run faster and farther with less effort? It's a lot easier than you'd think! Here are two AMAZINGLY simple tricks to help you out:

Know Your Destination

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, according to a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, knowing the "end point" of your run can help to improve your run speed. You will run faster the entire time, but because you are working towards a goal, it won't feel like you are working harder. You will perceive it as exactly the same amount of effort though you're running faster.

Focus Outside Yourself

Many of us spend our run times thinking and ruminating on the problems of the day. Big mistake! Another study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research detailed how an external focus helped to improve run time. Sprinters who focused on something external performed better than those with an internal focus or wandering minds. What does this mean for you? Simple: look at the world around you, watch the people you pass, listen to music or an audiobook, read a book (on the treadmill), watch TV (also on the treadmill), marvel at the scenery--pretty much do anything that gets you out of your head and focusing on things AROUND you.   Just like that, you'll run faster, work harder, but won't even notice the difference!

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