3. You don’t stretch

As I start to get stronger, I notice that I don’t ache as much after runs. So for a while I stopped stretching. Big mistake! You may not even realize how tight your body is until you get an injury and it’s too late.

Get a foam roller and do some IT-band massage and make sure you stretch your quads, calves and feet after every run. I’ve been going to yoga once a week as well, which is really helping to loosen up my body. The last thing you want is to get hurt right before your race, so schedule time after each run to unwind, lay on the floor and stretch.

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