Learn the Mechanics

Before you can even think about running, you need to know how to move your arms and legs. And before you can move your hands and feet, you need to understand how they play a role.

Everything that's strategic, tactical, and involving action requires a more fundamental understanding of "how it works."

Don't just learn the mechanics. Understand them deeply. Figure out how to make them better. 

Then, try your best never to stray too far from them. For that's always going to be the fastest way for you to run.