Running speed can make all of the difference when it comes to a competition or game. While some people are naturally quicker than others, there are many methods that will greatly improve your running speed. Training for strength and endurance is important, but it is not the only way to build your potential for speed. Being aware of a variety of speed enhancing techniques will effectively increase your running speed.
By keeping your arms at a 90-degree angle, you take advantage of your shoulder girdle muscles to increase force. Run with your elbows close to the sides of your body. It is also important to loosen up your hands. Clenching your fists will cause you to slow down. Either run with an open palm or keep contact between your thumb and forefinger. Experiment with both positions and use whichever one is most comfortable.
When you are running fast, your head should be kept steady with your eyes looking straight ahead. When your head moves around during a sprint, the rest of your body will be slowed down by lateral forces. Again, your head should be relaxed, but not so much so that it’s bobbing around. Proper postural alignment will produce the greatest results.