Everyday Runners Share Their Real Secrets for Improving

Runners are bombarded with advice. Companies, websites and magazines fill our inboxes and ears with pro tips and tricks. We most often hear what works for elite athletes who not only have coaches, physical therapists and team nutritionists at their disposal, but also the ability to run more than 100 miles in one week and the time to rest (which means multiple naps!) when they're not running.

What works for them might not work for us. So what do regular folks think? What guidance has helped everyday runners have their own breakthrough moments?

We polled a variety of people and asked what advice helped them the most. The results? It's not all running--and it's certainly not about dieting. Most people found that the key to their success came from finding balance and making running a bit more social.

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