We all know the “big” running advice we all see: hydrate, dress for the conditions and make sure you’re wearing the right shoes. But what are some of the unusual bits of advice you’ve discovered over the years that have helped you improve or made running more enjoyable?
Here are a few small tips you should consider.
Chill out at crosswalks
Runners, there’s no need to keep running on the spot when you’re stopped at a red light. Chill out, walk around or stand there and enjoy the 30 seconds of rest; it won’t make your training any less effective.
Plan your route around bathrooms
There’s nothing worse than being out in the middle of nowhere and having to go to the bathroom. In moments like this, you may think your run has gone to (you know what), but planning to make sure there are at least one or two bathrooms on your route can be a lifesaver.
Add vinegar when washing your workout clothes
I know it sounds strange, but if you add vinegar to the main wash it will help remove soap residue and the bacteria in your workout clothing. Using vinegar helps reduce odours and soften clothes without harsh chemicals. Vinegar is inexpensive, and it’s safe to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers.
Wrap your keys
Are you sick and tired of carrying your keys or having them jangle and make the noise of a symphony in your pocket? Try wrapping your keys with a hairband or a rubber band to prevent them from bouncing around on your run.
Your miles still count if they aren’t on Strava
Although you may not get as much recognition from your peers, your body will still count your morning 5K run.
Similarly, your body doesn’t care or know the difference between 9.94 km and 10 km on your GPS watch. Training effects are not so precise that a tenth of a kilometre will affect your ability to win races.