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    19 Insanely Clever Hacks And Tricks To Improve Your Run

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

    1. Prevent shin splints by drawing the alphabet with your toes.

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

    3. Cover the clock on treadmills.

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

    5. Keep your running clothes on when you step into the shower to prevent them from stinking up your place.

    6. Don't bother doing static stretches before a run.

    7. If you're running to music, pick songs with BPMs (beats per minute) that match your pace.

    Find out what you should be running to here.

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

    9. Pay attention to your hands!

    10. Make untying your shoes a snap by tying double knots this way.

    11. Keep your shoe's tongue from sliding around by lacing them like this.

    12. Track the milage on your shoes and get new ones when they're worn out.

    13. If you're very blister-prone, you can wear pantyhose feet under your socks.

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

    15. Hold on to your keys without having to actually "hold on to your keys" by sticking them in your laces.

    16. And stop them from jingling by putting a hair tie on your key ring.

    17. Keep your feet dry while running in the rain or snow by duct taping the tops to prevent water from getting in.

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

    19. Lick yourself after a run to see how dehydrated your are.

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