Before you enthusiastically head out for a run, stop and ask yourself if you are running correctly. You could be one of the many who commit running errors, unwittingly. We look at some common running mistakes.
Using the Wrong Shoes
As we previously mentioned in The Benefits of Minimalist Shoes, running in shoes that promote heel-striking (when your heel hits the ground earlier) can cause running injuries. Rather opt for a minimalist shoe, not unlike the superb all-new range of men’s inov-8 road running shoes; they promote a forefoot strike which is found in proper running form.
Running with an Overstride
Some runners try to run with an overstride in a bid to cover more distance faster. This is in fact incorrect as it could cause running injuries such as shin splints. Once again you should rather run with a forefoot strike. Be sure to avoid lunging motions. Stay light on your feet.
Not Eating to Fuel Up
Many runners don’t realise how essential it is to have take in proper pre-workout nutrition and as a result they find themselves feeling flat during runs. Have a moderate portion of an energy boosting food and you will find that it will put more pep in your step.
Running While Injured
This may be a little obvious, but too many runners run while they are injured and it further worsens the injury. Obviously considering the severity of your injury, you should take the time to recover properly before you try to put in your miles. During your recovery period, you should perhaps research ways to further your running ability, like using active recovery to recovery better and faster.
Starting too Fast
Sometimes during a lengthy run, a common occurrence is when runners start off too quickly, which leads them to fatiguing or burning out a lot faster during the run. If you are a newbie, it is understandable, but if you are a seasoned runner then you should be aware of what pace you can sustain. Find that pace and stick to it, with more practice that pace will naturally increase.
We previously mentioned in Warming-Up vs. Stretching that the line between warming-up and stretching is often blurred. Stretching cold muscles can result in you pulling your muscles. You should first warm-up and then go for a run, you will be surprised about its benefits.
If you are not taking in enough fluids prior to your run, it can lead to dehydration. It can cut short your run as a result of some horrible symptoms such as headaches or dizziness that is acquired from insufficient hydration. Make sure that you drink enough liquids and with regard to this point make sure you check out the article, Running and Hydration.
Not Setting a Goal
Many runners find themselves running without a goal, as a result their progress either stagnates or occurs at a slow rate. Rather keep track of your running workout so that you can improve your PBs for times, distances, etc. Track your running progress and you will progress at a much faster rate.
Now that you have identified these common running mistakes, make the effort to correct it if you are guilty of committing them. It is never too late to rectify them and your running progress will pick up by leap and bounds.
Do you commit any of these common running mistakes? What other common running mistakes do you know off?