Going for a run can cause you to feel all sorts of things — from a "runner's high" to painful side stitches. And, that's all within the first mile. According to our friends at Women’s Health, there are small and often overlooked steps you can take to make a big difference in the quality of your run — so you can hit the roads (or treadmill) and not hate it.
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For starters, answer this question: How old are your sneakers? If you can’t remember, then you might be overdue for a trip to the sports store. Shoes get worn out over time, losing their support, cushion, and durability. In fact, you should replace your sneakers after logging 300-400 miles in the pair. Otherwise, you're more susceptible to injury.
Once you’ve got the right shoes on, you should focus on keeping your form in check. Lean forward slightly, but from your ankles, not your hips. That way, you're not placing all of the stress from your stride on your joints. And, relax those arms! Tensing your shoulders wastes precious energy — the last thing you need to be doing during a run.
Head over to Women's Health to discover more ways you can make you next run feel way better. (Women's Health)