Best reader running tips

We want to hear from you.

by Kerry McCarthy

Hi guys, we're putting together a feature for an upcoming issue of RW which we hope you can contribute to.

The working title is 101 Quickest Running Tips

It's a composite list feature full of old and (hopefully mostly) new wisdom to make your running better. The 'quickest' bit is twofold. It refers not only to tips which can make you faster but also which are quick in their delivery and easy for the reader to do.

  • For example: 'while brushing your teeth do 20 one-legged squats on each leg. This will strengthen your glutes, fire up your posterior chain and improve your form.'
  • Or it could be a series of 3 exercises which can be easily illustrated by us.
  • Or a 5 minute recovery recipe
  • Or a mental motivation tip for when you hit the wall.
  • Or '10 things to eat while marathon tapering'
  • Whatever- we're sure you get the idea!

We wanted to ask you guys so that we can make use of the vast wisdom out there and have a reader-sourced tip section.

If we use your tip we will of course attribute it to you.

Your tip can be a single one or a mini series of quick fire things. Please try and think of something new or surprising or unconventional or just something that you know hasn't appeared in every fitness mag since the dawn of the printing press. Leave your comments below. 

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If you are trying to get a PB, 2 ways to help after the training of course, split a half marathon into 3 x 4 miles and use the first mile as a warm-up plus it helps get through the crowds.

Use a mate to help you who is slightly faster than you and concentrate on their trainers and focus on nothing else, follow, follow......

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 13:00

Yoga!  A stronger and more flexible body will be able to run faster.

Posted: 10/06/2014 at 15:09

Don't be afraid to talk to yourself on the run. Things like "You can do it" and "Just a bit further" have helped me, especially when I was starting out.

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 10:30

I like the mantra 'pain is temporary, pride lasts for ever'.

Posted: 11/06/2014 at 11:45


Don't get too obsessed with water. In the winter you shouldn't need to hydrate during running if it's chilly. In the summer, take some squash with salt and sugar dissolved in it, rather than water - and invest in one of the bottles you can 'put your hand in'

Posted: 12/06/2014 at 14:56

To gain encouragement and motivation at your lowest points, feel free to swear at yourself in the fruitiest, most colourful language imaginable - maybe just in your head or under your breath - not aloud so that anyone else might hear. Asking someone to give you a kick in the pants might also help.

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 20:36

I'll try not to ramble on here:  motivation tip.

Each time I finish a run and whilst I'm warming down / stretching I take 2 minutes to commit the sense of achievement, euphoria and well being to memory.  I find that, on the tough runs, either when it's just 'one of those days' or the hill in front of me almost seems insurmountable or I'm getting close to home and just need the final 'push' I can go back to my memory and call up the feelings I've had and think about how good I'm going to feel when I get home.  This spurs me on to complete and drive through the pain as I know I'm going to feel great shortly. 

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 12:24

Try Pilate's, it is a great cross training session to strengthen your core and reach those PB's

Also, don't enter so many races that running becomes a chore, running should always be enjoyable and something that you want to do.

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 17:44

Fancy a cheat day, but want to still be healthy, make tandoori chicken. Make the night before if you have a busy day ahead, and marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

1 chicken breast per person.

150g of low fat yoghurt

1 - 2 onions

1 tsp corriander powder

2 tsp paprika

1 inch grated ginger

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp mild curry powder

2 - 3 garlic cloves

1 - 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. (1 fresh lemon & lemon zest).

1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Mix the marinade all together and coat the chicken breasts in it. Leave in the fridge overnight and when you are ready, cook for 20-30 mins at 200 degrees in the oven. Serve with 50 grams of rice per person. Adjust the spice values according to your tastes, it can take a few tries to nail the recipe down to your taste buds.

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 15:43

If life "gets in the way" of your training schedule then go earlier! Nothing interrupts an early wake up but yourself, so then you've got no excuse.

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:01

A bit of an obvious one - mix it up with multisports. There's no monotony when every day is different!

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:05

When you're starting out, listen to all the advice you're given... but only act on the advice that seems sensible. If someone says something that seems counter-intuitive; it is wrong.

eg "Running barefoot means you'll never get injured", "if you don't join a running club you'll never improve"

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 10:35

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