Your Guide To Running
Even though I’ve played a lot of sports over the years, it’s funny that almost all of them come back to one thing–running. I guess it’s a good thing that I’ve always liked to run, right?
Think about it… Eeven though some sports like skiing or bowling don’t require running, a ton of them do. Baseball? Check. Basketball? Yup. Football, rugby, soccer, cricket, volleyball? Yes sir!
Even though each sport is going to require different types of running, for the most part you just can’t go wrong being a really good runner. What makes a good runner? This article will look at a few things.
Everyone likes to go fast, right? Whether it’s in a car or just on your feet, speed is fun! This is especially true on your feet since you know that all of your speed is coming from you–nothing else.
A lot of athletes aren’t sure the best way to work on speed. If you’re trying to get a bit faster, there are a few things you can do.
For one thing, you should try to hit the weight room. Build up every major muscle group, especially your quads. As the biggest muscles in your body, as well as the primary muscles used for running, the stronger your quads, the faster you’ll be.
Another way to increase speed is to do interval workouts. This is where you walk or jog for a period of time, sprint for a short period, and then walk/jog again. These are very popular during a high school track practice. The sprint is what actually increases your speed, while the walking portion is simply to recover.
Did you know that quickness and speed are two different things? You see speed is referring to your top speed–how fast you can go while on a wide open field or court. Quickness on the other hand is more about how quickly you can get your muscles to do something for a very short distance.
For example, seeing where an opposing basketball player will pass the ball and moving to steal it will require quickness. Being quick requires being light on your feet, which is something that only comes with proper training.
So how do you train for quickness? There are a few things you can do. When you’re in the gym, build up your quads and calf muscles. Your calves are the muscles that propel you forward, so they’re essential to being very quick.
Also consider doing drills where you attempt to steal a basketball or soccer ball from an opposing player. This will train your muscles to get used to that action and move quicker and quicker.
I won’t cover too much on endurance, as I think that it’s pretty self-explanatory. Endurance is how long you can run. The more endurance you have, the longer you can run (at any speed).
Honestly the best way to train endurance is just to run! Practice makes perfect, and there are not many other things you can do for this besides just running.
These days the best modern treadmills are designed to absorb impact making running easier on your joints so next time you’re thinking of investing in a new motorized treadmill check it’s shock absorbent