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Being human means making mistakes and I have certainly made my fair share (although not as many as Trevor).
But when it comes to running some mistakes can set you back for months.
So I want to help you effectively navigate around these 10 mistakes so you can be a healthy happy runner all of your days.
And we have also made a special video to go along with this episode.
The 10 Biggest Mistakes Runners Make (Part 1)
- Running Without a Goal or Plan: Something or someone inspired you to become a runner and even try to conquer the marathon. But before you just head out the door to run we need to have a little chat. Have you evaluated your current fitness level? Have you taken sufficient time to build up a solid running base? Do you have a workable plan for gradually increasing your mileage? These things are necessary building blocks for success. The mistake of not having a proven plan for improving fitness has left many people discouraged, overwhelmed, or injured in the end.
- Running in the Wrong Shoes: Understanding your foot type and running gait is important to get the best possible pair of running shoes. Buying a pair of shoes solely for looks, price, or the recommendation of others is definitely not the way to go. If you’ve never been fitted for running shoes before, go to a specialty running store where they’ll evaluate your foot type and gait. Having a supportive and comfortable pair of running shoes will make all the difference. See video below
- Not Planning for Personal Safety: Unfortunately, there are many distracted drivers on the roads and runners need to learn how to avoid potential problems and protect themselves. It is important to follow general safety tips as well as know what to do during night or low-light running, proper dog safety, and how to safely run in hot and cold weather.
- Overtraining: Overtraining is the leading cause of injury and burnout. It is caused by running too much, too hard, or trying to do too much in a short period of time for your fitness level without proper recovery. Have the mentality that you are on this running journey for life. Don’t make poor training choices early on. Listen to your body and it will give you many, many years of running and health.
- Not Practicing Focused Cross-Training: Training for a marathon requires lots of running. But other exercises need to be incorporated into your training regimen to ensure that you cross the finish line strong and healthy. I highly recommend cross-training, focusing on stretching after every run, core training at least 2 times per week, and weight training two times per week. Be sure to follow guidelines for getting the most out of your cross training.
To Be Continued . . .
Also Mentioned in this Episode
joggingbuddy.com a free social networking site that helps joggers, walkers, and runners link up. Jogging Buddy has helped runners get together all over the world.
Trevor Gets Evaluated at a Specialty Running Store
This video is about 11 minutes long and will give you a look into what happens inside a specialty running store. You will also see the 3 different ways people foot strike, an example of a minimalist shoe, tips for buying a new pair of shoes, and how often to replace your running shoes.
Special thanks to Delbert Marriott, professional triathlete and manager at Ghisallo Running
P.S. Marathon Training Academy Member is coming soon! We are putting a program together that will rock your running world!