8 great running tips for success from top athletes and runners

1.  Accept the challenge "Everyone is an athlete. But some of us are training, and some of us are not." -Dr. George Sheehan, runner/writer/philosopher  

2.  Shoot for this (at least) "Running 8 to 15 miles per week significantly increases your aerobic capacity, and positively effects many of the coronary risk factors." -Dr. Kenneth Cooper, aerobics pioneer

3.  Be a minuteman "The biggest mistake that new runners make is that they tend to think in mile increments-1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles. Beginning runners need to think in minutes, not miles." -Budd Coates, four-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier/coach

4.  Wear good running shoes "Spend at least $60. A good pair of running shoes should last you 400 to 500 miles and is one of the most critical purchases you will make." -John Hanc, author of The Essential Runner

5.  Think big (and wide) "Buy all shoes, both street and running, slightly longer and wider than your bigger foot. Also, avoid pointed shoes. You'll save yourself needless foot pain." -Ted Corbitt, ultrarunner and 1952 Olympic marathoner

6.  Take the "talk test" "The 'talk test' means running at a pace comfortable enough to converse with a training partner-but not so easy that you could hit the high notes in an Italian opera." -Runner's World editors

7.  Listen to the rumbling "If you feel like eating, eat. Let your body tell you what it wants." -Joan Samuelson, 1984 Olympic marathon champion

8.   Relax to the max "When running, let your jaw hang loose, don't bunch up your shoulders close to your ears, and occasionally shake out your hands and arms to stay relaxed." -Dave Martin, Ph.D., exercise physiologist