There’s a lot of sports science out there that tries to tell you how to become a better runner. Some of it works, some of it doesn’t.
I’ve been running for a few years now and one of the best ways I’ve found to improve my own running performance is to do a lot of long distance running. That means I’ll do slow aerobic based running for sessions between 35 minutes to about 1 hour, using a heart rate monitor to keep my heart rate in the 130 to 150 Bpm zone.
I’ve found that doing this aerobic training has increased my body’s work capacity and my overall running endurance. I do this three times a week and, ironically, it’s also helped to actually improve my 200 meter sprint time by seconds! I also can recover faster between sprinting bouts.
I know there’s a lot of talk about doing HIIT type training to improve your overall running performance, and I don’t take away that this won’t be effective. But don’t discount the longer more aerobic forms of conditioning. These slow runs can really help improve your overall running ability.
And, as stated, your recovery time also improves. Now I’m not sure why this is the case, scientifically, but I’ve done a bit of reading on the subject and I feel that it’s probably something to do with how your body improves it’s heart efficiency.
Anyways, just a tip for improving your running!