Go off-road. Even if it is convenient, running all of your miles on the roads can be painful and boring. Taking an extra 10 to 20 minutes to get yourself to a soft-surface trail can go a long way in maintaining your running zest and reducing the impact on your body. Running trails, especially undulating routes that twist and turn and climb and descend,
lets you avoid the repetition of the exact gait pattern on every stride. Instead, every step is different and you’re subtly shifting your weight and changing directions, and that forces your body to engage dozens of little muscles in your feet, legs and core that normally go unused while you’re using the larger, primary muscles of a consistent road or track gait.