Getting There Faster: Do You Actually Know How to Run? Slogging (slow jogging) is NOT running. To get fit or fast, you have to run fast first! Running is also a skill. Running takes more than a pair of colorful running shoes. Like doing a clean and jerk, running requires skill before volume. Learn how to run fast at short distances with efficient form prior to running long distances. There are a lot of runners who complain about injury. Most research shows at least 65% of runners are injured at any given time. That’s arguably the highest injury rate of any sport! Learn how to run mechanically sound and you’ll help a majority of your pains and tweaks. Learn how to use gravity when you run and engage the right muscles instead of your joints and you’ll be able to run longer, faster and with speedier recovery time. Get to a track and learn how to run short distances with good technique. Start with 100s, 200s, 400s and when you are ready, then 800s. After you have good technique, you can add speed. Try to hit negative splits on multiple intervals at short to middle distance. Then start drilling mile and 2 mile repeats. Then go out and PR your 5k without injury.