The Ten Biggest Mistakes Runners Make (Part 2)

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There are five more mistakes I want to help you navigate around in your marathon training.

If you make these mistakes you could greatly restrict your progress as a runner or have a bad experience on race day.


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The Ten Biggest Mistakes Runners Make (Part 2)

  • Mistake Number Six: Not Fueling or Hydrating Properly
         Practice, practice, practice what you eat and drink before, during, and after running. Pre-run foods should be high quality and prepared in the right type of cooking equipment. The last thing you want is stomach trouble during your long run. By the time race day arrives you should know what foods your body needs to give you optimal performance.
  • Mistake Number Seven: Running in the Wrong Clothes
         As you start getting more serious about running, you will want to start investing in some technical running clothes. When it comes to long runs, not all clothes are created equal. Choose running clothes that fit well. The pieces should move easily with your body and not bunch, bind, dig, or ride up. A good rule is that a garment is a good choice if you don’t think about it during your run. If you are frequently having to tug or adjust the garment the fabric or fit is probably wrong.
  • Mistake Number Eight: Bad Running Form
         Running form involves the position of your body as you run. Having good form can save energy and decrease the chance of common running injuries. If you are a new runner it is important to learn good running posture so that you don’t pick up any bad habits. If you’ve been running a while, be sure to evaluate your running form to see if there are areas that need improvement. See our podcast episode on How to Perfect Your Form
  • Mistake Number Nine: Running Through Injury
         If you run enough, at some point you will probably deal with injury to some degree. Hopefully you will catch and deal with it early. Know what the common causes of injury are so you can avoid making those mistakes. Stop at the first sign of injury. I always tell people to “listen to your body.” It is better to miss a couple of runs than push through and have bigger problems down the road.
  • Mistake Number Ten: Not Testing Everything Before Race Day
         Doing something new on race day will only set you up for a running mishap and possibly an injury. Practicing every aspect of your race experience from shoes, clothing, hydration, fueling, and pace will give you the best chance for success. It’s normal to have nerves before a race, but you shouldn’t have to be nervous about your running gear. Have confidence going into the race that you’ve eliminated as many variables as possible and focus on giving it your all.

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You really do have what it takes to run a marathon and change your life!

5 Responses to The Ten Biggest Mistakes Runners Make (Part 2)

  1. Trevor September 27, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    So what do you think?

  2. Collette September 29, 2010 at 6:11 am #

    Agreed. Additional mistakes for my first marathon were not getting enough sleep and not checking the weather forecast the day of the race.

  3. Angie September 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    Thanks for the great comment Collette. Those mistakes can definitely make race day less than pleasant. Sometimes getting enough sleep can be hard due to race day anxiety, so it’s important to try and get extra rest in the week leading up to the race.

  4. Brandon Reasoner December 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    I use the Nike+ feature on for my running log. I like it because I just plug in my iPod after my run and it uploads what I did and allows me to make notes about the run. Thanks for all of the tips Angie! You guys are Rock Stars.

  5. Angie December 9, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    Thanks Brandon. Many people love the Nike + system. I’m glad it has been a help to you with your training!

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