Running 1.5 miles in 10 minutes is no easy feat. To do it, you'll have to maintain a pace of 6 minutes, 40 seconds, per mile. Depending on your current level of fitness, you may have a little or a long way to go to reach this goal. (Keep in mind, though, average mile times vary depending on factors like age, sex and fitness level.)
Regardless, you'll need to ramp up your training, varying your workouts each week to include longer runs and short speed workouts balanced with proper recovery.
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Dial in Your Technique
Make sure you're landing gently on your mid- to forefoot, lean slightly forward at the ankles and maintain good posture with a relaxed jaw, neck and shoulders. Keep your elbows bent at 90 degrees or slightly more, and lightly swing your arms forward and back (not across the body) in time with the opposite leg.
Build Endurance With Long Runs
Even though your goal is to run a short distance quickly, it helps you to run longer distances more slowly. If you can run 3 to 5 miles easily, you'll be able to kick up your speed on a 1.5-mile run.
Start with one longer run per week of 3 miles at a conversational pace, meaning you could hold a conversation while running without gasping for air. Add on a half mile every other week until you can run 4 or 5 miles easily. Then, work on slowly increasing your pace until you're able to run the entire distance at a moderate intensity.
Train With Speedwork
If you want to run fast, you need to do speedwork once every week. These are intervals that are performed at a high intensity, though you shouldn't be running at an all-out sprint.
Choose a mostly flat running surface or run at a neutral incline on the treadmill to start. Warm up for 5 to 10 minutes at an easy jogging pace. Then, up your speed to a fast run or sprint for 2 minutes, or as long as you can sustain the pace. Recover at an easy jogging pace for as long as you sprinted. Repeat for a total of 6 rounds, then cool down for five to 10 minutes.
Do Easy Runs
Long runs and speed work put a lot of stress on the body. Running too much, too fast can break the body down and actually slow you down. Alternate long runs and speed work with shorter, easier runs for active recovery.
Don't Skip Stretching
You can't expect your muscles to get stronger and faster if you don't take care of them. Every workout, warm up at an easy pace for 5 minutes, then stop and do some dynamic stretches, such as leg swings and butt kicks, to prime your muscles for action.
After every run, do longer held stretches for your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes.
Work on Core Strength
Your core includes your abs, obliques and lower back muscles. It's the center of your body and where a lot of your power comes from. Having a strong core not only can help you get faster, but also protect you from injuries. Several days a week, do core exercises such as planks, bridges and curl-ups.
Take Rest Days
More is not better when you're training for speed. Take two days off from running each week. On one day, either rest or cross-train with rowing, cycling, yoga or swimming. On the other day, do nothing at all.
- ACE Fitness: "Run Faster With Just 3 Workouts Per Week"
- Northwestern Medicine: "5 Exercises to Build Core Strength"
- ACE Fitness: "8 Reasons to Take a Rest Day"
- Piedmont Healthcare: "The 5 Most Important Post-Run Stretches"
- University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics: "Dynamic Warmup for Runners"
- Marquette University: "Training Principles for Endurance Running Strategies for Success"
- University of Utah Health: "Improve Your Running Form"