Title: 5 Running Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Episode Length: 19 min (Can watch the episode or read the blog below)
About the Episode:
When we’re getting involved in a new sport or training for a new goal one of the most frustrating things is the mistakes we make a long the way. For running in particular - a 100% weight bearing activity, a lot of those mistakes can result in injury. Which is not only painful but also really disappointing. In this episode we share 5 Running Mistakes and How to Avoid them!
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Or if you don't have time to watch the replay, you can read our summary of what's covered below!
1. Not getting your running style assessed
2. Not having the right equipment
Places like Active Feet (for example) will be able to point you in the direction of the style of shoe that best matches your goals and your feet. Generally you’re able to run on the treadmill in store and make sure they’re as perfect as possible.
Invest in a good pair of socks, especially for long runs! Often the best performance socks also come in some pretty colours! Check out Steigen and Lightfeet.
3. Not prioritising recovery / injury prevention
Some of the most important gains in training can be made through prioritising recovery and incorporating injury prevention exercises. As boring as this stuff can sometimes sound, taking a little time out of your day to tick this stuff off can pay dividends in your training progress and on race day.
Tools like wearing compression tights after sessions, using a foam roller and a spikey ball to release your muscles after tough sessions are all easily implemented steps that can be easily forgotten
4. Not Varying your training
High intensity sessions get you running at a higher speed than you would for a standard 5km or 10km effort. You might be doing 200m reps but running at a significantly faster speed. In these sessions the focus on the speedwork will transfer over to those longer efforts and with time help to shave minutes off your PB’s.
5. Doing too much too soon and not following a plan
Following a plan to guide your running training is the most powerful training tool you can have. It is absolutely my greatest recommendation if you have any kind of goal you want to achieve. Training without one is like trying to run the race with a blindfold on…. 9 times out of 10 it’s going to end in disaster.
I hope these tips help you to avoid the most common running mistakes!
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