Sunday, September 23, 2012

Tips for Better Running

For the last couple months, I have been training for a half marathon I’ll be running in November. Although this will not be my first half marathon, I haven’t run one (or run long distance) in over a year… so having a plan and sticking to a training routine is essential. During the week, most of my training is done at the gym where I alternate between treadmill run days and cross-training (cycle classes) days. However, my Sunday mornings are strictly devoted to long, outdoor training runs. I started at 3 mile runs and have worked my way up to 9 miles over the last couple months. The key to adding distance every week is to set a new goal, a challenge that requires you to run (and push yourself) a little bit farther than the week before. For example, I will pick a street corner, stop sign or landmark a little farther away from where I had turned around the week before and make that the new goal for my run. Setting weekly distance goals help you stay motivated… and having a consistent weekly running routine helps you to accomplish those goals!

Here are 27 additional tips to better running from our friends at


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If you don't run, try to set a different fitness goal every week.  Like 5 more minutes on the elliptical machine or 15 more reps of a strength training exercise.  Giving yourself new goals and challenges every week will make a big difference in your fitness level!

Stay active my friends.

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