As is the case with any workout regimen, it’s always important that you evaluate where you are currently and consult with your physician in order to avoid injury. Furthermore, when incorporating a new exercise routine into your daily life, it’s also wise to do so gradually in order to avoid burnout (or injury). If you are just beginning the process of working out, that you spend time researching what activities make sense for your body and interests. Choose something that is fun or a challenge, that will help keep you motivated.
And, for those of you that are already active runners looking to improve your time or challenge yourself even more, I would suggest that you evaluate yourself. First of all, physically, what are your weak spots? Dealking with knee problems? Do you chronically sprain your ankle? Asthma? Shin splints? Poor alignment? Whatever the physical ailments may be, big or small, do a full evaluation and take steps to correct them. You should do this in concert with your physician.
Unfortunately, running can exacerbate many of these physical problems, and if you are trying to improve your speeds, you need to know that you and your body are on the same page.
Once you have taken care to evaluate any injuries or issues that may inhibit your speed, the next move is to reconsider your current technique. The video below discusses some of the best ways to increase your running speed just by making small tweaks to your current running technique. This includes everything from moving your arms directly forward and back to good vertical posture and not bouncing up and down when running.