The Olympics are the most exciting sporting event in the world, and the 2016 Rio Games are no exception. Top rated athletes are pushing the human body further than ever before. Not only are the Olympics a joy to watch, they are also a great motivator for exercising. Perhaps they have inspired you to run your first 5k or tackle your second marathon. Whichever distance, training is the key to success. If you push your body too hard all at once you risk injury, making you miss your race and possibly having long term effects. You have to train like an Olympian.

Training is all about taking care of your body, and that starts at your feet. Your feet carry through the race and to the finish line, so they are top priority. Start with getting good running shoes that properly fit you. Most good athletic shoes stores will be able to help you with this.

After finding the perfect shoe, find the perfect insole. With the added support of a high quality insole, you can help drastically reduce your risk of developing common running injuries such as plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, or shin splints. Insoles help reduce the shock of running on pavement and also give your feet extra support to take on the strain of running.

Once you start training, take it slow. If you have never run before it’s not advised to jump straight into a 5 mile run. It will take patience, but start slow and at a shorter distance to work your way up. Some experts advise increasing your distance by 10% each week. For example, if you ran 5 miles, only increase to 5 ½ miles the next week. Your body will last longer and you’ll be less likely to develop an injury.

While we all can’t run a marathon like Paula Radcliffe or Dennis Kimetto, we can certainly take on local 5k runs or half-marathons. If you’re inspired by the Olympics and want to kick up your running routine, be sure to look at DoctorInsole’s FitStep for Men and FitStep for Women. These insoles especially designed for athletes are custom-grade, over-the-counter orthotic insoles, giving you the support of an orthotic without the high price tag.

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