Do not overdress - It is important to not overdress when getting ready for a running workout, especially during the colder seasons. Dress in layers if you can, with light articles of clothing that you can remove once your body warms up. Layers are also important for when you finish your run, and need to cover yourself back up. Keeping your body cool while running, and warm when you have finished will help your muscles and body work to their maximum potential.
Do not run with distracting accessories - Running accessories can be of assistance to you when you run, but they can also affect your stride. You will run faster and smoother when your body is not compensating for the addition of a running accessory. If you listen to a walkman make sure that it is adjusted comfortable, because if not, your body will naturally hold your head in order for it not to fall off, and this unrelaxed state will affect the rest of your body. If you wear a belt pack make sure it is not bouncing up and down, or if you carry anything in your pocket make sure that it is securely fit. During your run if you are concentrating that an accessories will not move out of place or fall out, then it is inevitable that your body is adjusting to make sure it does not do so. The best stride is one that is smooth and natural, and if your accessory affects this, then it is not worth it.
Do not overlook your shoes - Shoes are definitely the runner's most important equipment, and have to be chosen with care. The first requirement for a running shoe is to have a comfortable fit and be well cushioned. If your feet tend to pronate o supinate, then choose a shoe with specific motion control characteristics.
Do not be anonymous - Running a long distance course, for example a marathon, can be a challenge not only for your body but also for your mind. To get an extra "kick" do no be one of the anonymous runners in the pack. Print your name in capital letters on your running T-shirt. As you pass by, you will find out how many spectators will shout your name and will be encouraging you personally. It is a sure boost of energy!
Do not lace your shoes too tightly - Do not lace your shoes too tightly or you may cause damage to the nerves on the top of your foot. If you are sensitive to problems with your feet "falling asleep" from too tight laces, look for shoes which use stiffer foam in the tongue, to protect the nerves in the foot.
Do not run in your old cotton socks - Do not try to run in your old cotton tube socks. Modern fabrics wick the moisture away from your feet to keep them dry and blister free.
Do not try to squeeze the last few miles out of your running shoes - Do not try to squeeze the last few miles out of your running shoes: even the best running shoes break down in about 500 miles / 800 kilometers. Replace your shoes before they wear out to avoid injury.
Do not buy running shoes by their size - Running shoes are not the same as street shoes. You will probably need to buy running shoes that are at least half to 1 full size larger than your street shoes. Try them on before you buy them.