You have set a goal to start running and you are excited to finally get started. The problem most new runners face is that they are not aware of the mistakes they will make from the very beginning. In order to be prepared and try to help you start the running process, here are the five most common mistakes that runners make.
- Wearing the wrong shoes
You have a pair of sneakers for walking around right? Why not run in them? Wrong. You have no idea what kind of running pain will flare up if you do not get the proper shoe fit. It will make your running a lot easier on your stride and your joints. To ensure that you purchase the best running shoe, head to your local run specialty store and talk to a knowledgeable associate and have a gait analysis done.
- Not wearing the right gear
That cotton shirt and 2-year-old sports bra is not going to cut it while out for a run. The cotton shirt will weigh you down once it is soaked with sweat, while that sports bra will cause you pain due to loss of support. Invest in moisture wicking apparel, undergarments and socks. This will make your run more comfortable and enjoyable.
- Not taking rest days
Rest days are incredibly important for training because it gives your body and legs time to recover from hard runs and workouts. After taking a rest day or days, you will notice how refreshed your legs and body will feel the next time you head out for a run.
- Comparing yourself to other runners
You are out for a run and someone passes you with a stronger stride and endurance. Do not focus on them! Focus on you! You just started running! You will get to that point eventually. Just enjoy the journey and the process of becoming a stronger runner.
- Doing too much too soon
You bought all the gear and are ready to run! You decide to run 3-5 miles after years of not running at all. This is probably not a good idea and you will realize this after the first mile. Try the run/walk approach in the beginning while you build up your stamina and endurance. Set weekly mileage goals so that you don’t increase your mileage too quickly. Too often runners go out too fast and hard with a lack in training. This may ultimately lead to injury or cause you to quit early. Take it easy, and consider downloading the couch to 5K app to help you with your training.
Enjoy the process and don’t get discouraged! Building a base takes time, but once you do, you will be thankful you did!