Five Running Hacks


Today I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 Linkup again and we’re sharing our best five running hacks. Running hacks are little tricks and tips that make the running experience better. Every runner has some of those. Here are my five favorite ones.

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1. I use my Runtastic app to track the mileage that I put on my shoes. I only have two pairs right now, but it’s nice to know which ones I’ve used for how many miles.

2. I don’t take running for granted. Every time I feel like I don’t want to run, I remind myself of the girl at the park that I occasionally see being pushed around in her ‘hospital bed’, who can’t run. It reminds me to be thankful for every step that I can take every single day.

3. If you have a problem with cadence, put together a playlist with songs that hit 170-180 bpm per hour (that’s where the sweet spot is for cadence). It makes it way easier to fall into the same rhythm and keep it consistent (and you’ll get used to it).

4. Braid your hair.  I wish I could pull off a nice high-top messy bun when I run, but my hair is not thick enough and it would look totally ridiculous. If I leave it just in a ponytail, my hair will be a rat’s nest at the end of my run. So, I often braid it so it won’t get all tangled up.

6. Switch it up and set your watch/app to metric units. I keep myself mentally sane if I run in kilometers instead of miles sometimes. You’ll be hitting the km-marks faster and that chops your run up into more digestible bits. I always tell myself that I can definitely run another kilometer (only to tell myself the same thing again, when I hit the next mark).

Tell me one of your best running hacks!

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  1. I love the second one!! And also, I wish I could run with a messy bun. I don’t know how people do that without going crazy?!

    1. Yeah, seeing someone else who is not able to run makes you run ALL THE MILES for sure.

  2. Love the idea of switching to kms – never thought of that. I definitely would enjoy that some days!! I wish I could get a braid out of my hair. I get a wimpy one at best – with all kinds of things poking out, darn it! Most days I have to stick to just a straight boring high pony tail.

    1. How long is your hair – shoulder-length?

  3. I run in an area that is pretty and is near water. It makes for a much more enjoyable run when the view is scenic!!

    1. Oh, that is a good ‘hack’ for sure… I wish there were more running paths by the water.

  4. I have the same Garmin watch as you (same color, too!). Not sure if you’re aware, but you can keep track of your shoes there as well.

    1. Let me clarify – not with the watch but with the Garmin Connect Software/App.

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