Many runners are looking for new tips on how to run better, with better technique. Proper striding is important for efficiency and speed. Here are some great tips from the site Strengthrunning.com
What are strides? I get this question ALL THE TIME so I thought it would be helpful to explain exactly what they are and how to use them in your training.
I also surveyed runners on Twitter – you can follow me @JasonFitz1 – to see if they ran strides. I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves them so much!
Strides – or accelerations – are a staple of almost every high school and university track team. But the majority of recreational runners never do them despite a host of benefits.
This is fascinating because they only take a few minutes, help you dramatically improve your training, and they can be done anywhere.
What are strides?
Strides are about 100m accelerations where you start at a jog, build to about 95% of your max speed, and then gradually slow to a stop. One stride should take you about 20-30 seconds.
You can start with four strides and after 3-4 weeks increase that to six. Take about 45-90 seconds of walking or standing in between each stride to catch your breath. Running strides is not an aerobic workout so don’t rush them – you get zero additional benefit by shortening the recovery period!
Keep in mind that strides are very short and you’re only running really fast for a few seconds, so they shouldn’t be too difficult. Always remember to stay relaxed during a stride – at no point should you be straining or racing.