Running tips, tricks & mantras

Cross the finish line with Team ELLE


All those weeks of training are about to pay off. Tomorrow, ELLE and Nike are taking over London’s Victoria Park for We Own The Night: the coolest 10K ever to hit the capital. (Or, indeed, anywhere.)

Yes, it’s going to be a stylefest but we can't guarantee that will make the running bit any easier.

So, here are the tips, tricks and mantas that Team ELLE will be using to push on to the finishing line.



Lorraine Candy, ELLE Editor-in-Chief

‘“Run, Forrest, Run!” is my mantra.’

Natasha Pearlman, Deputy Editor

‘Breathe! Seriously, it's so easy to forget. I was a terrible runner until someone pointed out to me that my breathing was all wrong. How to do it? Inhale for three seconds, then out for one. Sounds so simple, but so effective. Then you've only got your legs to blame if you can't go any further…’


Christina Simone, Workflow Director

‘Coffee before a race, banana milkshake afterward, and a good night's sleep!’

Fern Ross, Chief Sub-Editor/Production Editor

‘Make a Spotify playlist of all the songs you love to keep you going.’

Hannah Swerling, Commissioning Editor

‘Shake things up – regularly change your kit, playlist and route so you don't get stuck in a running rut.

Lacing up your trainers is the hardest part No, not literally! You never regret a run once it's over.

Music Music Music - The soundtrack to your run is so important and can control your pace and mood. Don't just stick any old song on. 'Curate' your playlist.

Screw you, rain. Who cares if it's raining? I've had some of my best runs in the rain. It's invigorating stuff.

Persist. It's very easy to speak in clichés about running but as someone who couldn't run for more than a few minutes when I started, I can honestly say that the big secret to getting better has been….sticking with it. It's not clever or glamorous but it's true!’

Leisa Barnett, News & Social Media Editor

‘Daydreaming is my secret weapon for getting through a run. Just don’t think about it the fact you’re running. Write mental to-do lists, plan fantasy holidays, reminisce about that great night out you had recently… Total denial. It works. You’ll be half-way through before you even know it!’

Amy Lawrenson, Senior Beauty Writer

‘Go slow. (It’s not a race… Erm, unless it is.) Point being you’ll get further if you take it slow. You can build up the pace over time and you can always throw in some sprint intervals if you want to get your heart rate really pumping.’

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