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How to Run Faster and Freer Every Time

By Sandy Schroeder

If you are hitting a wall and your legs feel like putty when you start to run, here's some good advice to shake it off from

Fitness instructors say committing to running occurs when it dawns on the runner just how special it really is. If you really think about it, running is an opportunity that should not be taken lightly. Not everybody can successfully run. Wherever you are in the age and health spectrum, if you are running on a regular basis, you are enjoying a prime way to exercise. Just ask any runner. Many will say they hope to run forever.

Whatever the issues, hamstring pain, cramps, or general sluggishness, over-the-top runs make all of the rest OK. If you can relate to running's extraordinary nature, it is definitely time to push through the tough runs to firm up the habit for good.

Here are three key tips to help.

Don't settle for just any shoe - When your feet hit the ground, shoes make or break the run. Hamstring, foot, and shin splints happen when you have the wrong shoes.

Where do you run? - Pick your shoes to fit a run on the track, outdoors or a treadmill. Also fit it to your arch and the length of your normal run.

Go for support and stability - Look for lightweight, comfortable shoes that are a custom fit for your feet. They should never feel heavy. Instead, they should make you feel like you are soaring!

Warm Up, Cool Down and Stretch

Dynamic stretches and foam rolling work for warm-ups. Static stretching and foam rolling intercept heavy leg symptoms in cooldowns. Stimulate all of your muscles as you stretch calves, ankles, hamstrings, hips, quads and glutes. When you run, you are exercising the body forward and backward, but not side-to-side. When you do strength exercises, you will power your glutes so that your lower back, hips and hamstrings do not take so much of a hit. Put your body in position to run well with as little effort as possible.

Enjoy Running However It Works for You

You may run every day and run in marathons, or you may only run as part of a competitive sport. If it works for you, it does not matter how you run. Be glad you can do it and keep on going.  Once you have tasted the exhilaration of a really great run, there is no going back. You really are a runner and you should be glad of it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.

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