Run Faster Than You Thought Possible
You have a goal. You want to set a new personal record at your next race. You are determined to make this happen. And the only way to achieve that is training. There’s only one problem. You don’t know if you have the potential to get much faster.
Why? Because you tried to run more miles or to ramp up the intensity, but you lost the battle with injury, burnout, or time constraints. You felt uninspired. Disillusioned. I myself have been there.
But the truth is, it doesn’t have to be that way. What you need is a proven, reliable, powerful training structure. The exact same structure recommended by the world’s top sports scientists and used by professional athletes.
Did you know elite athletes have the ability to run 10K inside 32min on 30miles/week (50 km) and a marathon inside 2:30h on 50 miles/week (80 km)?
Although elite athletes commonly run 120 – 150miles/week (190 – 240km) to achieve a world-class level, the bulk of improvements are gained on relatively low mileage (and a highly effective training structure).
You, too, can achieve amazing performance feats with the structure of the elites.
RUN4SPEED began in 2013, in the midst of the running boom. It honors ‘the sport’ of running, dedicated runners, and athletic performance. Therefore, the benchmark is finishing time, not merely completing the distance.
That doesn’t mean beginners or mid-pack runners don’t find a home here. If you have a competitive attitude pursuing new personal bests, then you will love the articles and training plans, regardless of your current training level.
About Me, Sandro Sket
I was born in communist East Germany, where the government went to great lengths to have their athletes succeed on the highest level. As a kid, I represented my school in several 800m track races and cross-country meets—until The Wall came down in.
In my teens, I played half a dozen different sports and eventually became an avid triathlete. I competed in Olympic distance triathlons, duathlons, and 10K races. My first half-marathon race I ran age 17.
During my 20s I used running mainly as a vehicle to stay in shape for fitness modeling and Muay Thai. I didn’t compete in endurance races at that time but I learned valuable lessons in strength training, cross training, and nutrition.
Age 30 I ran my first marathon. But it wasn’t until my mid-30s that I went into full competition-mode again. I managed to set new personal records from the 400m sprint (53.8sec) all the way up to the half-marathon.
Fast-forward to today, I compete as an age-grouper in a variety of events. That allows me to stay immersed into the racing scene and experiment with the latest methodologies in exercise science.
I’m an NSCA-Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, which is the gold standard for training athletes with the primary goal of improving athletic performance. I have specialized in long-distance running. Therefore, my entire focus is on coaching runners to achieve faster times in the classic road races—5K, 10K, half-marathon and, marathon.
In fact, I am ‘obsessed’ with creating training plans with performance-oriented goals for my athletes. Running is a very measurable sport and I get a real kick out of it if my runners set new personal records.