Run, Forrest, Run: 8 Race Training Tips to Get You to the Finish Line

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Race season is approaching — are you ready? It’s time for you to get off the sidelines and run one of your own, whether it’s a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or full marathon, and we’re here to help. Running competitive races can seem like a daunting task, but many have found that they’re actually fun, and quite addicting once you start.

The endorphins you get from your post-race victory are unlike anything you’ve probably experienced before, and just in case you’ve got the running bug and are ready to lace up and get moving, we’re throwing some tips at you to give you a running start. All running vets would agree that these eight training tips are the secret tricks you need in order to make sure you have a good race on the big day, so now you really have no excuse. Just say yes, and train like a champion.

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1. Buy good shoes

The first thing you need to do before you even think about running long distances is make sure you have the appropriate running shoes to do so. And no, those worn-out, athletic-looking shoes in your closet are not going to cut it. Serious runners invest in good running shoes for a reason, and that’s because they pay off. Failing to have good running shoes not only puts you at risk for injury, it also increases the chances that you’ll suffer blisters and chronic foot and leg pain. Are you convinced yet?

Once you’re ready to make the investment, Runner’s World suggests that you go to the nearest speciality running store, where experts can watch how you run and help you select a pair of shoes that offer your feet the support they need. Because each person’s feet are different — some have flat feet, some a high arch, some pronated feet — each type of foot requires a slightly different shoe for maximum support. In addition, the store associates can help measure your foot and ensure you are selecting the correct shoe size. You should consider sizing yourself up, because the extra room in the shoe allows your foot to flex and your toes to move forward with each stride.

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