back to top

19 Insanely Clever Hacks And Tricks To Improve Your Run

Turn miles of trials into miles of smiles with these tips.

Posted on

2. If you have to run on a treadmill, set it to a 1 degree incline to make the effort comparable to running outside.


However, according to Runner's World, the 1 degree incline only makes a difference if you're running faster than 7:09 per mile.


4. If you're not feeling motivated, just focus on putting on your running gear. Often that's half the battle.


And if you're really concerned you won't even make it that far, some people recommend sleeping in your running clothes so you have no excuse when you wake up!


8. Try listening to a book on tape or a podcast if you're going on longer runs.

ajt / thinkstock

It helps time pass when you're out running for a while, and wanting to hear the next chapter can help motivate you to lace up in the first place.

9. Pay attention to your hands!

DreamWorks Pictures / Via

According to famed marathoner and coach Alberto Salazar, running with your thumbs up strains muscles in your forearms and ultimately your legs. Instead run with lightly-curled fists.


14. There are lots of cheap ways to prevent chafing.

Deedle-Dee Productions / Via

Costly chafing sticks or gels work wonders, but inexpensive Vaseline will do in a pinch, and Breathe Right nasal strips will protect you from the dreaded nipple chafing.


18. When buying new running shoes, ask if they have the older model of the shoe you're looking for.


The changes from model to model are usually fairly minor, and you can sometimes save a ton of money by opting for the other, just as good shoe.