If there are two things no sportsperson can compromise on, they have to be his speed and stamina. This is because they are needed in every game, it could be athletics or football or the London marathon. They all require a lot of speed and stamina. A person who has speed and stamina, with some talent and interest, will be able to do any job which his coach expects him to do. This is because a person with stamina will be able to last longer in any port and will be able to give his hundred percent even in the last minutes of the game. He will be able to outlast his opponent which is an advantage in whichever sport you are playing. Thus, players having a good stamina will always have the edge over anyone who does not. The other factor i.e. speed is obviously important as it helps athletes win races, footballers get away with the ball and tennis players are also able to run across the baseline quickly in order to reach the ball. Many footballers like Messi and Ronaldo have said that their running speed is one of the best weapons that they have in their arsenal and makes them a lot more of a threat than they originally are.
Not everyone is born with a good stamina or speed. Most of the people have to build it. This is where running drills come into the picture. They are prominently meant to improve their skills which are required in their sport and also improve their stamina and pace. There are many types of running drills and most of them are cheap and can be done in just about any open space. All an individual requires to do them these drills is good quality running shoes and a lot of grit and determination. This is what makes these exercises even better, the growth of your pace and stamina depends on your own hands. Given below are some drills which will help you a lot in increasing your stamina and pace.
People who live near some sort of hill will be able to benefit the most from these exercises as this exercise involves running on a hill road. Running on a road has lot of advantages such as it helps a lot in acceleration; this is because when you are running on a hill, it tends to slow you down because of its inclination and this makes you put in additional strength just to maintain your previous pace. Apart from this, running on a hill also helps you in maintaining a good posture and removes any faults which are present.
It is very important to warm up before you start sprinting. Thus, make sure that you jog for about 5 to 10 minutes before starting the sprint. Then gradually increase the speed of your jogging and convert it into a full blown sprint. Do so for about a hundred meters, after that jog for about hundred meters. In sort, keep on the repeating the procedure until failure to do so.
Running backwards is also an important exercise which helps in increasing the pace and stamina of the body. Another factor which backward running helps improve is the balance of the body. This is because when you run backwards this is because it counters any movement of the body involved in running forward. Many of the drills which are involved in running forward cause the muscles of the body to overdevelop. Back ward running is very instrumental in strengthening the hamstring and also helps in relaxing the knees and the lower back. You should run with a straight back with the head straight up, the shoulders pushed back and always look straight. It would be very appropriate to bend your knees a little. This exercise is very beneficial for football players.
One of the most common exercises that athletes and sportspersons all over the world use for perfect fitness and extreme running efficiency is skipping, but it is not just skipping that will be able to do all this, you should skip with long strides. Do not start skipping at a very frantic pace, start slowly and in a very calm fashion. Make sure that you shift feet using long strides. Make sure that your arms and legs are at a height and are also in a very dramatic manner.
If you do all these drills properly and regularly, you will, no doubt, be able to be able to achieve that particular level of pace and stamina which you initially sought out to achieve and the sense of satisfaction that you will get will be like no other.