Three ways to run faster and more efficiently without training harder.
Three-time Ironman champion Michael Lovato leads a half-dozen triathlon training camps and clinics annually, so he’s used to fielding questions on all things run—especially due to his top-ranking marathon and half-marathon splits. Lovato was the featured coach at Race Quest Travel’s Costa Rica Camp, where we gleaned a few of his fleet-footed tips.
When it comes to foot strike, “where” trumps “how.”
“It’s not so important how your foot falls,” Lovato advises, “but where it falls is crucial. Rather than taking long strides that thrust your feet in front of you and tend to exaggerate any problems you may have—as well as causing a braking movement that can lead to injury—focus on shorter, rapid strides that keep your feet hitting directly below your body. Not only is this more efficient, it makes use of the strong and forceful glutes, quadriceps and hip flexor muscles more so than your hamstrings.” Lovato points to fellow pro Mirinda Carfrae as a textbook example of this ideal running style.