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Four Tips to Optimize your Running: As I continue on my “running journey”, I am always looking for ways to improve my overall fitness and technique as I progress. Like many activities, proper technique is very important to prevent injury and to build muscle and tone. Here are some great running technique tips to add into your training program: Correct Stride Length: Stride length is important in many sports and developing the correct stride will reduce the chance of injury to your lower legs. Think about taking shorter running strides rather than longer “gazelle” type movements. Short strides may feel quicker, but have less impact and are less ground covering which reduces shin, ankle, foot and knee pain over time.