The Top Four Running Mistakes To Avoid Making
Before you dive into your training this season, take a moment to read about how to avoid these four common running mistakes.
Trying Too Much Too Soon:
Beginning your training is an exciting process and you probably can’t start hitting PR’s, but trying to do too much too soon can be risky. Make sure to start your race training well in advance of race day so that you allow yourself plenty of time to gradually build up to your goal pace. Trying to do too much too soon can lead to injuries that will set you back even further. Follow the 10% rule as you progress into your training. Avoid increasing your weekly mileage by more than 10% at a time.
Not Valuing Rest and Recovery:
Now that you’ve started your training you’re probably starting to notice your fitness levels and endurance improving. It’s a great feeling and you might feel the urge to put the pedal to the metal and run hard every day. Don’t forget to give your body time to rest and recover. Eventually, those miles will catch up to you. Those scheduled easy and rest days are included so that your body is feeling fresh for your harder workouts, and most importantly, on race day. Even professional runners take large segments of the year off to let their bodies recharge.
Training without a Plan:
Each run that you go on during your training should have a purpose, big or small. Before you lace up your running shoes take a moment to envision your goal for your run that day. Do you want to get faster, improve your endurance, let your body recover a little bit? Different types of runs and workouts will help you achieve different results. Set goals for yourself along your journey to race day and determine the steps you need to take to reach.
You Don’t Listen To Your Body:
Lastly, but maybe most importantly, listen to your body. Every runner is different, we aren’t robots. It’s ok to be flexible with your training plan and scale back your mileage or workout paces if your body doesn’t feel up for it on that day. There is nothing wrong with deviating from your workout schedule every once in a while. Remember, the ultimate goal of your training is to be at your best when your race arrives.