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Four Tips to Ace Your Run With Tips From Olympic Gold Medalist Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix listens to Adele's album 21 while training. (Photo courtesy of ACUVUE)

Allyson Felix is one athlete that's hard to keep up with (literally)! Need proof? She took home the gold at the 2008 Olympic Games and several times at the World Track Championships, not to mention her record-breaking performances in the 200 meters as a junior and on the high school track. Today, Allyson is a member of the president's Council for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, and you'll spot her competing in the 400 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon this weekend (for broadcasting info, click here). The FITNESS team was lucky enough to share a few of Allyson's spare minutes discussing her beauty routine—watch the video interview over at Beauty on the Go!—and fitness tips. Check out her top four pointers for runners:

  • Team Up. "Running is a lot more fun with friends!"
  • Let Loose. "If your arms are tight and tense, that tension will move into your neck and back and make your run much more difficult than it has to be. Relax your arms!"
  • Have a Plan. "You're probably not going to wake up most mornings dying to put in three miles. Know when you're realistically going to be able to get your run in and be committed to that schedule."
  • Get the Right Gear. "I really believe that if you look good, you'll feel a bit more confident, so I always try to find cute workout clothes to give myself extra motivation."

Allyson is also teaming up with ACUVUE, the contact lens brand, for a neat mentorship contest. If you or someone in your life is between the ages of 13 and 21, check it out!

More from FITNESS: Now that you know how to train like one, check out distance runner Kara Goucher's suggestions to eat like an Olympian.