Sometimes running can feel like a love/hate relationship. Most of the hate is during the actual process of running. The love comes a little later—after you start to see and feel the benefits. Just ask one of the 30,000 runners who will be in Massachusetts this Monday for the Boston Marathon. If you’re not quite ready for a 26.2-mile race (just reading that number makes us sweat), then here are a few running tips to make you an overall better runner. Who knows, maybe next year, you’ll be racing right alongside these Boston Marathon runners!

Tip One Find the Right ShoesFind the Right Shoes

If you’re beginning to run and want to start out running once or twice a week, then tennis shoes will do just fine. But if you want to run several times a week, running longer distances or running on tough terrain, then you should invest in a pair of running shoes. Running shoes that fit you well and support your feet make all the difference. Asking a clerk at a running store is your best option. They will assist you in finding the right pair of shoes based on your specific running goals and plans.

Tip Two Increase Your IntensityIncrease Your Intensity

Whether you’ve only been running for a few weeks or you’ve been running for several years, you can always increase the intensity of your running. Add another mile (or five), run up a hill or do intervals

 

Tip Three Hydrate YourselfHydrate Yourself

Ensure you’ll have the best run possible by drinking enough water. Lack of water before and during a run can cause fatigue, cramps and a high pulse. Even if you’re not a runner, drinking water is imperative to your health.

Tip Four Sign Up for a RaceSign Up for a Race

This might sound scary at first, but committing to an event gives you the motivation to step up your game. Knowing that you have to run X amount of miles in X amount of days will definitely get you determined to create a training plan and to stick to it. A fitness trend that’s taking the country by storm is the Color Run. Running never looked so fun and colorful! Which brings us to our last tip.

Tip Five Have Fun with ItHave Fun with It

When it comes to running, it’s important to remember to have fun. There will be some days that you just don’t want to run, but that doesn’t mean you should give up entirely. Rest and get back at it with a positive attitude. Whether it’s finding a running buddy or having a kick butt playlist, it’s important to find ways to keep things fun and interesting, so you don’t give up.

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