After having the chance to check out all of the incredible athletes running the NYC Marathon, we felt inspired to dedicate one of our blogs to hitting the pavement (the right way).

For those of you who enjoy running, hopefully these tips will help you to bring your skills to the next level. For others, maybe they will finally make the experience a bit more enjoyable.

Either way, here are our top ten running tips:

Commit to a schedule 

If you’re an early riser, set your alarm and get out there. For those who would rather an extra few minutes of rest in the morning, be sure to pencil-in your run right after school or work. Maintaining a healthy workout schedule will keep you on track and even increase your level of daily productivity.

Try dirt or soft paths

If running tends to cause you pain, try taking your jog down a different path. Softer surfaces tend to be gentler on both the joints and the back.

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Control your thoughts

Are you guilty of obsessing over how fast you’re going or how many miles you have left? If so, stop! We know, we know…  easier said than done. Instead try to remember that allowing your thoughts to wander beyond the physical activity is not only a great distraction, but also an awesome way to check in with yourself. One of the best parts of running is the therapeutic benefits, so try to let go and enjoy.

Compete only with yourself

At the end of the day, the reason you run should always stem from you. So, do your best to avoid comparisons.

Give yourself time to rest

When it comes to running, training smart is half the battle. Be gentle with your body by allotting yourself plenty of time to sleep and to take a day off when it’s needed.

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Finish fast

Even if it means pushing yourself just a little bit harder, try ending your run faster than when you began. This trick will help you to feel even more accomplished once your done.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Did you know that more than half of your body is made up of water? So, it’s no surprise that keeping hydrated throughout the day is super important. Carrying a water bottle with you as you run errands or head to work or school is a great way to start. However, be careful not to overdo it right before a run. Otherwise, you’re likely to cramp up.

Watch your breathing

Rather than boogying to the beat, why not try balancing your breath? That’s right. Leaving the music behind is a helpful way to better connect with your body. If you notice that you sound out of breath, take a moment to slow down your pace.

Set goals

Whether it’s a mile or a marathon, you’ve got to keep motivated. If you have a tendency to skip out on your jog some days, schedule runs or races with other people. This will keep you feeling accountable to more than just yourself. With the month of November underway, you could even join a Turkey Trot 5k and make it a family affair!

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Don’t forget your post-run roll and stretch

Using a roller is a great way to release lactic acid build up- allowing for quicker recovery time and fewer sore muscles. Cross training through yoga, barre or a spin class is also a fun way to work the body differently while still building strength and endurance.

**Before you set out on your next jog be sure you’re prepared for the elements. Whether it’s a zip-up or socks, just click here– we’ve got you covered!

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