How To Run Better And Faster Using Acceleration
In this section, I want to show you how to run better and faster by using acceleration drills.
What is acceleration?
Acceleration is your ability to reach your maximum speed in the shortest amount of time possible.
“Acceleration is the ability to reach your maximum speed in the shortest amount of time possible.”
— Personal Trainer Tai
There are basically two types of acceleration:
- Acceleration from a “motionless” position and going into full speed.
- Acceleration from “in motion” and going into full speed.
Basically, one type of acceleration occurs from a standstill and the other type of motion occurs while you are in motion.
Let’s take a quick look at each type of acceleration in more detail.
What Can I Do To Run Faster At The Starting Line?
You may have asked yourself, “What can I do to run faster at the starting line?” because you know that if you takeoff from the starting line or come out of the blocks faster than your opponent, you can have a huge edge in any sports competition.
This is why I put a lot of emphasis on getting you to learn how to run better and faster at the starting line because this is where the first type of acceleration begins.
As I mentioned earlier, the first type of acceleration is from a “motionless” position.
The characteristics of accelerating from a motionless position includes:
- You starting from a completely motionless position or a complete standstill.
- You are starting your run from the starting line or out of the blocks.
- You have plenty of time to properly balance and prepare (prep) your bodyweight for acceleration.
- You have plenty of time to properly position and prepare (prep) your hands, feet, head, etc. for acceleration.
- You have plenty of time to properly relax and prepare your mind for the acceleration.
If you can prepare yourself for an explosive acceleration from a standstill, you have a huge edge in speed over the opponents who are maybe faster than you, but do not know how to accelerate correctly from the start.
This acceleration from a standstill usually occurs during the first 10 yards (meters) as you begin to go into motion and is the most critical and important type of acceleration.
This type of acceleration from a motionless position may seem very, very similar to the “takeoff” or the “launch” that I discussed in an earlier section but it isn’t and I don’t want you to be confused between the two concepts of speed.
The takeoff or launch focuses on preparing your mind, body and weight to make the first step out of the starting blocks or to take the first step from the starting line.
On the other hand, the acceleration I’m talking about is the part that occurs after you take the first step.
Now that you have a better understanding of the first type of acceleration, let’s take a look at the second type of acceleration which occurs while you are “in motion“.
How Can I Run Faster And Longer While In Motion?
Once you have learned how to run better and faster by using an explosive takeoff, the next question that naturally arises is, “How can I run faster and longer while in motion?”
Acceleration while “in motion” is a lot different than accelerating from a standstill or motionless position because:
- You DO NOT have time to properly balance and prepare (prep) your body weight for acceleration.
- You DO NOT have time to properly position and prepare (prep) your hands, feet, head, etc. for acceleration.
- You DO NOT have time to properly relax and prepare your mind for the acceleration.
As you can see, the biggest obstacle you will run into while trying to accelerate to full speed while in motion is that you don’t have the luxury of “time” to properly prepare your mind and body for a fast acceleration.
On the other hand, the huge advantage you have of accelerating while in motion is that you are already in motion!
If you remember, back in physics class, they teach that it requires a lot less energy and effort to accelerate an object already in motion than it is to try and accelerate an object from a standstill.
Likewise, it is the same for your body when it comes to running faster.
It is much easier to accelerate your body and get you to reach full running speed when your body is already in motion versus when you are trying to accelerate to full running speed from a complete standstill.
The physical energy and effort required to accelerate your body to full running speed while you are already running and in motion is a lot less.
Accelerate Faster To Run Faster Training
Having a fast acceleration is a such crucial part of learning how to run better and faster that I believe it’s essential that you include some type of “accelerate faster to run faster” training in your speed training workouts.
Now that you clearly understand the difference between an acceleration from a motionless position versus an acceleration while you are in motion, I want to show you the different types of acceleration drills that are designed to increase your acceleration from a standstill or from when you are already in motion.
Here are the acceleration drills that will clearly show you how to run better and faster:
1. What Can I Do To Run Faster At The Starting Line?
2. How Can I Run Faster And Longer While In Motion?
3. Accelerate Faster To Run Faster Training?