Change Up Your Running Surface
For most runners, pavement tends to be the surfaces of choice. But it’s also the hardest and most unforgiving surface. So try to vary where you run to reduce the strain on your body:
Unpaved paths in the park or a nearby forest trail can offer you a more scenic and interesting running route
Running tracks in your area can also break up your training
Trail running or mountain running can be a great way to see the sights and give you a more motivating route
Varying your run is not only easier on your feet and legs, but it also breaks the repetitiveness of running. This may provide a bit of extra motivation to your normal routine.
Find out more about alternatives to road running
Break Free From Your Routine
Variation is the key to optimal training. It’s easy to slip into a routine of running the same distance at a certain speed. The easiest way to work in something different is to follow a training plan.
A training plan creates balance and variety with a combination of longer and shorter runs as well as interval running and pace running. This will gradually add speed and distance to your training which will help you progress further in your running.
Challenge yourself and start a Runkeeper™ training plan
Invest in the Right Shoes
Your running shoes are the only things cushioning your impact with the ground. The right level of cushioning can minimize your risk of injury.
To help alleviate the stress on your body from running, we offer a variety of running shoes to protect your feet and absorb the shock of impact. The construction of these shoes include:
GEL Cushioning in the heel and forefoot helps absorb impact shock with each stride
Adaptive Heel technologies create a personalized fit with the best support for your feet
Space Trusstic in cooperation with the Dynamic DUOMAX provides you with support and stability during the mid stance of your gait cycle
We carefully select targeted technology in the design so your shoes are tailored to how and where you train.
For long runs:
Shop the GT-2000 running shoes
And if you’re heading off road or on a trail run:
Strengthen Your Feet
Train your body from the ground up with exercises to strengthen the muscles in your feet. This added step to your training routine can also improve your performance as your push-off power increases.
Check out these exercises from MY ASICS to help you build strong muscles in your feet.
Also, don't forget to come shop our full collection of running gear in running clothing and running shoes to help push your running ability to new levels.