Secrets to better running
Hang around serious runners enough and you’ll pick up a few tidbits—how to pace yourself, which routes have the cleanest bathrooms, what to wear when the weather is changing more rapidly than a Twitter feed. We asked coaches, trainers, nutritionists and veteran runners to share their strategies. Steal them to run longer, feel lighter and stay injury-free.
Run every day
Consistency is key to a successful program. A daily run helps improve your body’s ability to burn fat, along with your biomechanics. It also teaches your mind to blast through any challenge, whether it’s physical or mental.
Andrew Kastor, a Mammoth Lakes, Calif., running coach who works with elite runners, including his wife, U.S. Olympian Deena Kastor
Give yourself a reason
I started as a Team in Training charity runner, having lost loved ones to cancer. When I’m struggling with my training plans, I remember those who are still fighting their battles, those who have survived in part because of the money raised and those who have been taken from us.
Kelly Flynn, running coach for Team in Training in Boston
Invest in comfort
Get a good sports bra or you’ll feel it with every step. Body Glide balm and socks, too. Nothing kills a run like a blister about to pop.
Alison Feller, blogger
Finish runs feeling strong and happy, not worn-out. It’ll keep you coming back for more and help you reduce injury risk.
Jenny Hadfield, a running coach in Chicago