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How can listening to my body help avoid injuries when running?

If you want to make running easier, listen to your body. If you feel any ongoing persistent pain, stop running. Your body signals you with a pain message, and you need to pay attention to it. The problem may just be a side stitch or a muscle cramp, but you still want to pay attention.

Many things can cause cramping: eating too close to your run, eating the wrong foods, shallow breathing or even dehydration. If caught with a cramp, try deep lung breathing: place your hand on your stomach and breathe deeply. Your stomach should rise and fall if you're breathing correctly (from your lower lungs).

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