If you are interested in improving your run or race time then this post is for you. I’m about to share the methods and tools one can use to assist in getting #MOTOVATED to pick up the pace. There’s nothing better than running a 5K, 10K, half marathon or further and crossing the finish line with a personal best. It’s a great feeling and who doesn’t love seeing their name on the leaderboard as the leader in gender and age category? So if you have goals to run faster then I recommend the following:
- Sprints – sprints are your friend. They are short bursts of high energy running that when done as part of your regular training program will help improve your overall running pace.
- Lift weights – this may not seem intuitive but building strong muscles will allow you to push off faster and with more power which will ultimately result in faster run times.
- Start jumping – plyometrics is another way to build strong muscles as well as power. Some great plyo exercises include box jumps, jump squats, jump lunges, and skaters. These not only help you develop an explosive push off, they are great forms of cardio and gets the heart rate up.
- Listen to fast music – I have found that when my powersong starts playing during my run I pick up the pace. Fill your playlist with some amazing powersongs that are at least 180 beats per minute and find yourself picking up the pace and getting even better times.
- Track yourself – I found the only way to know if you are getting or faster is to track yourself. A perfect tool for this is the Moto 360 Sport by Motorola. There are many reasons why this has been the best way for me to train to increase speed and let me share them with you.
The Moto 360 Sport watch allows one to easily track their running sessions by tracking:
- Lap time,
- Heart rate, and
Check out this quick video which highlights why it’s an excellent tool for training runs and fitness.
The Moto 360 Sport integrates with your mobile phone which means one doesn’t necessarily need their phone to help track their runs with a running app. Everything you need is on your Moto 360 Sport including alerts you receive on your phone. So while you are on your speed training run with your Moto 360 Sport you still receive call alerts, reminders, and can play your running music. Isn’t that cool? One less thing to carry while hitting the pavement.
The built in GPS works with the Moto Body app to measure running performance and with 4 GB of storage you can play your powersongs until your heart’s content. And speaking of hearts, with the Moto Body app you can also see how much time your heart rate remained in different heart rate zones.
The silicone watch band is extremely comfortable and doesn’t absorb sweat and because I tend to complete my speed training when it’s dark, the face of the watch has a unique Motorola AnyLight display and lets me easily see my stats in the dark or in sunlight.
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What tips you would add to help someone increase their run time?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Motorola. The opinions and text are all mine.