This is a new section on my blog where I answer questions people ask me. If you have any questions for future Ask Kikay Runner entries, contact me!
“Hi Ms. Noelle. I’ve always been in awe of how fast you run. I’m female, 25 years old and just started running July of last year with several 5K races until I moved to 10K to up the ante. I’ve been doing five 10K races already and I still average 1:23 on my official results. How do I improve my speed? I only stand 5’0 and I know that it isn’t the only reason but does height affect one’s speed? I can’t seem to last long when I go faster than a 7:15 pace. I always feel my lungs would burst. Is there a proper breathing technique so I won’t go running *sorry for the pun* out of breath? Thanks.”
Hi Whye! Sorry it took so long to get back to you on your questions. Speed is affected by genetics (which include height and muscle make-up) and training. Obviously we can’t do anything about our genes, which make some of us taller or shorter than others, or endow us with more or less muscle fibers. However, it’s not what you’re born with that can limit how fast you can go; it’s what you do with it that counts. The Japanese aren’t among the tallest people in the world, but they’ve produced a number of Olympic medalists in the marathon.
To increase speed, a runner must incorporate speedwork into their training. Continue reading “Ask Kikay Runner: How Do I Get Faster?”