Fast runners are valued in sports such as football, basketball and soccer. If you run fast, many people will think you are in better shape than those who run slower than you do. Genetics causes some people to be slightly faster than other people. Fortunately, if you aren't very fast, you can train yourself to increase your speed. With effort and consistent practice, you can start winning races and your teammates will start to see you as an important member of the sports team.
Run a designated distance while keeping time at least five times a week. As you get faster, gradually increase the distance that you run each day. For example, if you ran one mile each day for one week and your average time was five minutes, try running two miles each day the next week. Not only will your speed increase, but so will your strength and endurance.
Run up a hill ten times at least once a week. Doing this will strengthen your legs because you are working against gravity. Walk up the hill instead of running the first few times. Strengthening your muscles will lead to faster running.
Lose any excess weight by exercising and having a diet that consists of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein, calcium and grain. Wear light, baggy clothing whenever you go out for a run. The less weight you have to carry, the faster you will run. Refrain from gaining too much muscles mass, as this will also slow you down.
Warm up your muscles before running. Jog before a race for five to seven minutes and do some stretching exercises. You will run faster in the beginning of a race if your muscles are already relaxed and prepared to work.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images