When I began running, I certainly had no idea what “speed training” meant. I certainly didn’t plan on doing it, whatever it was. I thought you just ran as fast as you could run and called it a day (hmmm maybe this is why I got hurt so many times…?).
When I became an RRCA certified running coach and gained more experience as a runner, I learned a lot more about how runners can safely decrease their pace. It takes time and persistence, but eventually, running speed intervals, incorporating strides, and doing some key speed drills will help you get faster.
Still, there’s much to be learned. A lot of new runners — especially ones who assign themselves the title of “back of the pack” — may wonder where to begin. Good news — coach is in to help you out!