How to Run Faster, According to a Running Trainer

If you’ve taken up running this year, you’re probably wondering how to run faster? The transition from a gentle jog around the park to a full-on running pace can seem daunting, but it’s easier to step up the pace than you’re probably envisioning. Whether you want to up the speed to boost the calorie burn of your runs (and you know, get them over and done with quicker) or you’re training for a race and want to get a time you can happily #humblebrag about, you’re in the right place.

We called on Nike Run Club coach Becs Gentry for her expert tips on how to speed up on your next run. Interestingly, some of the tips involve chilling in front of Netflix and a pre-run cup of hot coffee, so it’s not all bad, we promise. And not only is running fast a great mood boost, it helps lower cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and gets our circulation going, which can lead to glowing skin. Keep scrolling to find out how to pick up the pace with these seven simple tricks.