Visualize Perfect Form
Recalling a few simple form cues during your miles will help you run faster and more efficiently (read: look more like Usain Bolt than Phoebe from Friends). Our top five: Imagine there’s a balloon with a string connected to your head, lifting you up (you’ll keep your torso upright, which prevents fatigue). Lean slightly forward (this boosts momentum). Relax your arms, and swing them directly forward-and-back, not out to the side (it helps you maintain speed and energy). Picture you’re running on super-hot coals (you’ll decrease ground-contact time, making you faster). And, finally: smile. No, really -- using those facial muscles will trigger every other muscle to relax, and boom, running instantly feels easier.