9 Tips to Run Your Fastest Mile Yet
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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