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6 Solid Tips That Will Help You Start Running Like A Pro



Recently, we came across this leaked audio-clip that has Virat Kohli giving out a new mantra. Apart from running on the cricket field, he seems to have a passion for running on the tracks too. He shares through this clip, how running gives him a sense of freedom, exhilarates him to move forward, and push through challenges. 

While he inspires us to run, he shares a running tip that has left us with major curiosity here! He talks about a certain personal “lacing style” which he uses while running. Definitely, this has got to do with laces and shoes, and running of course. But we can't seem to decode it beyond that at all. 

Well, it seems like even the right pair of shoes aren't enough, now the way we tie our laces too has a huge part to play! Listen to the leaked audio-clip here: 

While we wait for Virat Kohli to tell us more about what this “lacing style” is all about, let's check out some solid tips that will help you start running like a pro.

1. Run Slower And Longer To Build Your Stamina

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Learning to run slower for longer distances helps your body adapt to physical exercise. It strengthens the legs, torso and arm muscles and adapts your tendons and ligaments to the stress caused during running. Most importantly, your cardio, respiratory and muscular systems start functioning more efficiently.

2. Add Plyometric Exercises To Your Workouts To Improve Your Running Mechanics  

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These are basically high-velocity movements which rapidly contract your muscles. Plyometric exercises essentially include hopping, jumping and squatting. These help in improving your running mechanics by decreasing the amount of time that your feet stay on the ground. You can double up this exercise session by including weights as well with plyometrics, for strength training.

3. Modify Your Diet Plan 


It is essential to keep a tab on your diet, especially since you tend to burn calories while running. So try to cut down on refined carbs and eat more of lean protein and vegetables. Also, consume smaller meal portions which are more frequent than the usual three-times a day meal. 

4. Follow A Weekly Schedule

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Having a day-wise regime in place helps you stay motivated to push yourself to the next level as you get better. Start with steady intervals of high speed running-walking at 1 minute gaps on day 1, then go for an easy run on day 2, followed by a more intense session of variable intervals on day 3. Again on day 4 and 5, give it an easy run, followed by a long run (maybe with a friend) on day 6. And day 7 can be devoted to just resting. 

5. Incorporate Quick Running Workouts During The Session

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While training, variety is required so that other than speed, you can build up your endurance as well. Plus, running workouts are a great way to enjoy your sprint. There are many variations like the Fartlek, ladder run, hill training etc which you can opt for, based on the difficulty level that your body is ready to deal with. 

6. Make Sure You Have The Appropriate Footwear 

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Running specific footwear is absolutely essential since factors like your personal running style, gait, foot anatomy etc. affect your running. By choosing the right kind of footwear which suits you, you can maximize your performance to a great extent. And, like Virat said, probably even the "lacing style" makes a difference! (let's keep an eye open, for more news on that by the way). 


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