I have received many running tips over my long but unimpressive running career. Running tips from coaches, friends, fitness experts and my brother. Running tips on how to improve my times, improve my form and increase my endurance. Most of these however fell to the wayside. More often than not, I was more concerned about finishing a run than beating the people in front of me or looking like a gazelle. While it felt great to knock a few seconds or minutes off of my time, these represented reach goals for me. My more immediate goals involved overcoming the plethora of excuses that I could create to not go running, and then the additional excuses that I could make to keep myself from completing an entire run once I had started. Here are ten of the most useful running tips that I have accumulated over the years.

1. No matter what, always finish at least the first mile of a run before you decide to bail. Pending any serious health issues obviously. 

2. Be aware of your body rhythms and always try to go “number two” before you go on a longer run. 

3. Always buy your running shoes at least a half-size too big because your feet swell when you run. 

4. If you plan to run longer than 60 minutes, bring an energy bar or something to re-fuel along the way.

5. Actually signing up for a race is one of the best motivators to start a training program. 

6. Don’t skimp on your running shoes, high quality shoes that fit your running style can make all the difference in the world. 

7. Never change something on the day of the race, this includes your equipment and habits. 

8. Don’t be afraid to throw some slower songs into your running mix, they can work to relax you and help you find a good pace.

9. Mix it up by running with a partner, in a larger group and by yourself. 

10. Running does get easier. If you stay consistent, you will reach a point where running is at least comfortable. 

Running is an incredible hobby, and can be very fulfilling and rewarding, but if you don’t eventually enjoy it one day or another you’re going to quit. Personally, it took me a long time to honestly say that I was enjoying my daily runs, but once I reached that point the rewards made all the forced patients and positive attitudes worth it.