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Runner's World (UK) - - TRAINING -

How should I deal with ex­ter­nal crit­ics, like a friend telling me, ‘Run­ning will ruin your knees’?

For the most part, smile and ig­nore them – if run­ning makes you feel happy and fit, that’s all that mat­ters. (Be­sides, many stud­ies show that run­ners have health­ier joints than non-run­ners.)

I have neg­a­tive thoughts be­fore I start run­ning. How do I beat them?

If you’re dread­ing head­ing out, break the process into a series of small, doable steps. First, gather your gear. Then, put it on. Go out­side and start walk­ing, and then run. Once you get mov­ing, you’ll be glad you’re out there.

How can I ad­just my tread­mill to pre­pare for road run­ning?

Sim­u­late the hills you’ll find out­doors: stay within a range of no in­cline to a three per cent gra­di­ent, and change it ev­ery few min­utes. Ad­just your speed to sim­u­late the up­hill slow­downs and down­hill ac­cel­er­a­tions you’ll ex­pe­ri­ence.

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