How to Become a Pro Runner

By Rona Aquino

The path to a professional career in running is one that takes talent, time and skill. Knowing the right path and receiving guidance are important factors to reach a professional level of running. Stay motivated and keep training to continually improve your running technique and speed. This will strengthen your potential and readiness to make the transition from amateur to professional.

Build a strong running resume. This consists of running merits that highlight your gradual progression as a runner from high school up through your collegiate experience. Include finishing times at various competitions, top performances, personal bests in distances and training progression. List the names of your schools and coaches.

Find a team and coach to train with to continually improve your skills and technique. Talk to sponsors, local shoe representatives and workers at running specialty stores to build a network. Inquire about possible contacts for agents and gear sponsorships. Show your running resume to all those who are interested.

Research training centers in your area with the purpose of applying for their services. Training centers offer long distance training, coaching and financial and health support, allowing athletes to focus on training and competition. The final year of college is an opportune time to make inquiries and to complete your eligibility. Visit various centers and look for a good fit to match your running goals. Training centers offer guidance so you can compete in U.S. distance running both nationally and globally either on the track, road races and in cross-country competitions. Meet all requirements and submit a running resume.

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About the Author

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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