Even if you head on a run with the right attitude, sometimes it's easy to get in your own way. And you may not even realize you're doing something that's harming your workout! For new runners that can't seem to get into the swing of things, these three quick tips will help you out.

  1. Love your warmup: Whether you're going a short or long distance, warming up is necessary for a safe and injury-free run. Get your heart jumping with a series of jumping jacks, a quick power walk, or this five-move dynamic warmup. Just a little cardio will make a world of difference.
  2. Fuel your body right: Overloading on a huge meal right before a run is going to make the whole experience a struggle. Choosing the right pre-workout snack puts you on the right track for a great run.
  3. Pick a solid pace: Kicking things off too quickly will lead you to burn out fast as well. Don't be afraid to start a little slower, or try out a running playlist to help you keep a steady pace. This 5K mix is perfect for a nine-minute mile or this half-hour running playlist will help you run three miles.

How do you take care of yourself to make sure you have the best run possible?