Why It’s Important To Run Fast—And Slow!

Develop your full gamut of running gears with these helpful tips.

When we think of speed, we tend to think of genetic freaks who are all legs and lungs tearing down the road, trails or track at a dizzying pace. Speed is relative, however, and regardless of our own individual physiologies, we can all pay some more attention to developing the strength and mechanics to become faster, more efficient runners.

Running fast is stressful. It forces us into our already established (which are, for the most part, crappy) movement patterns. Taking a step back and slowing things down a bit gives us an opportunity to reset our technique and make changes to our stride rate, stride length and breathing patterns that will carry over to improved efficiency at higher speeds.

In this video, we explore the mechanical benefits of slow running—improving your cadence and your breathing—and why it’s important to develop your full gamut of running gears.


About The Author:

Nate Helming coaches strength and mobility for national and international-level road cyclists, mountain bikers, triathletes and ultrarunners at San Francisco CrossFit, as well as elite-level amateur runners and triathletes outside the gym. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter and check out his videos on The Run Experience YouTube channel

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