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9 Tips to Run Your Fastest Mile Yet

July 23, 2017

Expert-backed ways anyone can increase their speed at the storied distance.

By Erin Kelly

If you just can’t seem to ever see yourself getting excited about running a marathon — or just need a change of pace from those long, grueling, endurance runs that training for a longer race requires  — here’s some good news: the Mile race is making a comeback.

“The Mile inspires the very best in all of us; it is incredibly accessible to all ages and ability levels,” says Matthew Rosetti, co-founder of Brooklyn Running Company, one of the sponsors of the inaugural Brooklyn Mile that made its debut in Williamsburg in August of 2016.

From an entry point into the sport of running, to a thrilling race distance with a compelling history for competitive runners, the Mile is an amped-up alternative to 5Ks and 10Ks, which seem to have reached a saturation point, Rosetti says. With over 900 entrants (despite having just a month-long registration window), the inaugural Brooklyn Mile wasn’t just a success: it’s a nod to the strong demand for this race distance. And thanks to organizations like Bring Back the Mile, an organization whose mission is to re-popularize and celebrate the Mile distance in America and beyond, we can only expect Mile distance events to continue to grow.

Want to toe the line of this trend? Whether you’re a seasoned runner looking to improve your time, or a newbie runner excited to test their limits in their first race, here are nine expert-backed ways anyone can increase their speed at this distance.

1) Perfect Your Form

Improving your form will make each and every step you take a little more efficient, thus helping your speed. In order to perfect your form while running at Mile pace, Anthony Pena, a Runstreet track coach, recommends practicing form drills before your workout.

“[Form drills] before your workout help improve your arm movement, how your legs move, and how you plant your foot,” Pena explains. “Over time, you want to be able to improve all three to become as efficient as possible.”

Head Coach and co-founder of Educated Running, Patrick Hammond, specifically recommends drills like high knees, skips and lunges to improve your speed and mechanics. You can see a complete video of warm up drills here.

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Return the Mile to prominence on the American & worldwide sports and cultural landscape by elevating and celebrating the Mile to create a movement.

Bring Back the Mile as the premier event in the sport, and increase interest in and media coverage of the Mile for both those who love the distance as well as the general public.

Bring Back the Mile to celebrate the storied distance and to recognize the people who made and make the Mile great and to promote Mile events and the next generation of U.S. Milers.

Bring Back the Mile to create a national movement for the Mile as America’s Distance,
to inspire Americans to run the Mile as part of their fitness program and to replace the 1600 meters at High School State Track & Field Meets across the country.

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