Mistakes We Keep Making

If you’ve been running and walking for years, you know better. If you are just starting out, you’ll soon learn. But here’s a list of common mistakes we all make. Let’s work on removing some of these from our training!

Our friends at Runners World magazine have compiled a list of 37 common running mistakes. Here’s a more in-depth look at a few of them. After we identify them, let’s work on avoiding them.

  1. Going out too fast. It’s been proven that starting easy and finishing stronger (aka negative split) makes us feel better at the end of a workout.
  2. Forgetting the bodyglide. We’ve talked about this before, but don’t forget to lube up those hot spots.
  3. Using negative self-talk.  The mental aspect of our sport is huge. Stay positive on our long days by finding a new running or walking partner. My favorite is to ask them about their childhood. You get to rest and they have to answer open-ended questions. It passes the time. Just be sure you ask them before they ask you.
  4. Skipping rest days. Rest days are critical to our success. Most injuries happen because we don’t respect the rest days. Just don’t take too many of them back-to-back-to-back-to-back and then expect your long day effort to go well.
  5. Not carrying water. Anything over 5 miles and you should have some form of hydration with you. Visit our friends at PRC and choose your weapon — hand-held bottle, backpack, or holster — you need to carry your own.

For the other 32 common mistakes, check out 37 Mistakes at Runner’s World.