Most common running mistakes

Most common running mistakes

Jasmine McHale - November 26, 2020

Running has become a popular activity, with more and more people taking it up as a way to stay fit, keep active and relieve stress. However, there are many common running mistakes that could be easily avoided to ensure you can continue to progress every week and train no matter what level you’re at.

The Wrong Clothing - Oftentimes you only find out the limitations of your clothing once you start upping your distance or intensity. The pieces you’re wearing can quickly be found to be too restrictive, too thick, too uncomfortable, or the materials and sizing are proving too uncomfortable to focus.

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The Wrong Footwear - We’ve all experienced blisters: not protecting your feet and ankles with proper gear can risk injury and reduce efficiency cushioning in the sole.

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Too Many Layers - When you exercise, your body becomes warmer, far from just making you feel uncomfortable, this can also lead to stress, reduced performance, and reduced immune system function. When heading out, layering up can seem like a good idea, but it quickly becomes obvious that it doesn’t take long to warm up, and one layer that fits and insulates that heat is all you want to keep the extra weight to a minimum.

Not Fuelling Sufficiently - As well as the importune of fuelling before, re-fuelling after a run is just as important to repair your muscles and restore the carbs you’ve burned, ultimately preparing yourself to be able to do it again the next day/week without burning out.

Not Pacing Yourself  - It can be tempting to go in at the deep end and see how far you can push yourself straight away, but doing so without any or proper training or practice isn’t great for performance and risks injury (shin splits, runners knee). Building up your run slowly is the best way long-term, it allows your body to adapt and you can then see your progression and set targets each time.

Not Taking Breaks - Just like pacing yourself, taking breaks is vital to recovery and recuperation to be able to take on the next run at your best. Similarly to gym workouts, you wouldn’t train the same thing everyday as you’d never fully recover and let your muscles build. Even just one day a week can be enough to give your body the rest you need.

Drink! - Beginners typically fail to remember this key part of running. Dehydration hits you very quickly in running and not having a drink on hand can quickly lead to weaker performance and unfinished runs, let alone the post-run headaches. 

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