1. Stretch after every workout. It doesnt take long and its just as much a part of a safe running program as remembering to wear your shorts! It will make the difference between success and injury. Stretching by Bob Anderson belongs on your coffee table. Its got information you need to know about stretching every muscle you have. Its time-saving, thorough and absolutely necessary.
2. Drink water the most important nutrient you put in your body! At least 8 glasses per day. It contributes more than half of your body weight, serving in physical performance, digestion, nutrient transportation and absorption, blood circulation, waste excretion and cell metabolism. Its an easy thing to do.
3. Get good shoes. Its your only special expense, so dont buy cheap-os. Theyre just not worth it. Youre better off running bare-footed than settling for anything under $70. Really!!
An expenditure of at least $85 on good shoes every 300 to 500 miles (thats about 4 to 5 months) is the smartest investment any runner can make. Regular sporting goods stores are not the best place to buy shoes. Shop at specialty running stores which usually hire knowledgeable staff. If you dont have one nearby, youll be safe to stick with one of these brands: Adidas, Saucony, Asics, Nike or Reebok (DMX).