Be Aware of Your Surroundings (And Your Own Body)
Running works your legs, your lungs, and your heart, but you also need to use your eyes, ears, and brain. If you’re running in a city, pay close attention to the erratic pedestrians (and their dogs) surrounding you, and to cars making blind turns into your path. If you’re in the sidewalk-free suburbs or shoulderless countryside, run against traffic and wave at cars coming at you, to remind them you exist. (Give ‘em a thumbs-up if they grant you a wide berth.) Wherever you run, listen to the sound of your feet on the ground — a tap, a thud, a smack? Are you landing on your toe, heel, or somewhere in between? How are you breathing, in multiple short breaths or longer, deeper ones? You don’t need to worry about these things, but knowing what your body does when you run will, somewhere down the line, help you make slight adjustments that will let you run faster and easier.
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