5 Ways To Become A Faster Runner

  • By Brian Metzler
  • Published Jul. 26, 2013
Sometimes, a PR can come when you least expect it. Photo: Rob Wilson/

5. Run a PR.

A PR doesn’t always have to happen at a goal race that you put down on your calendar months ago. And that potentially means that, even without too much specific fine-tuning, you might find yourself in the best running shape of your life at some point this summer and pop off a personal best when you least expect it.

By running a 5K to half marathon midway through your training cycle, you not only get a great all-out workout that stokes your competitive fire, you also get a huge confidence boost (especially if you approach or set a PR). You might consider tapering a bit before a key race to ensure maximum results, but you could always use your non-key races to kick off a weekend of high-intensity training.

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Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler

Brian Metzler is the editor-in-chief of Competitor magazine. He has raced every distance from 50 yards to 100 miles and run in more than 700 pairs of running shoes in the past 25 years. You can reach him at

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