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5 Mistakes Runners Make
Deciding you want to start running can be an exciting, yet overwhelming, experience. Knowing when and how often you should run may intimidate you. And then there’s developing a training and nutrition plan to prepare for the race. When done incorrectly, runners often overtrain, gain weight, and get injured.
When you start running for the first time or are coming back after some time, keep it simple. Read the 5 Mistakes Runners Make when Starting Running, and 5 simple steps to create a running plan that will fit into your busy life, and help you get in amazing shape! Hopefully, calling them the 5 “S’s” will give you a simple way to remember each step!
MISTAKE #1: Runners buy a random pair of shoes
SOLUTION STEP #1: Shoes that are Safe for Striding
Running is a low cost sport, but the one investment I encourage every new runner to make is one that supports the powerhouse behind their training: their feet. You body will be experiencing a new type of impact, and we want to make sure it is properly supported so you have run strong and injury free. Go to your local running store and ask them to “test your feet.” It’s totally free and takes 2 minutes; they will watch the way you walk and give you the best shoe that supports your foot. You can choose to buy the shoe there (shop local!) or get the same shoe online. I personally love Running Warehouse, as they are always running sales and have FREE 2 Day Shipping!
MISTAKE #2: Running too fast too soon
SOLUTION STEP #2: Start Running Short Runs
Sit down with your calendar and pick 3-5 days per week that are best for you to exercise. On those days, plan a half mile run.
What? only a half mile? Yes! Start running with short, slow runs; it will be the best way to help you succeed. For the first 6-10 weeks you start running, you should primarily be doing slow, easy runs. These slow runs will make your cardiovascular system stronger, which will help you to make your runs longer and still feel good during them.
The first week, make your runs a half mile each. The second week, make your runs 1 mile each. The third week, make your runs 1.5 miles each, and so on, until you reach a comfortable distance between 3-6 miles.
MISTAKE #3: Runners start speed training too early
SOLUTION STEP #3: Strides
Strides are a quick, simple ways to help you gain muscle strength, speed, and improve running form without exhausting your body. You will complete strides after your easy run. They are 20-30 second sprints done at 80-90% effort. Here is how you perform a stride:
- Start running at a comfortable, easy speed and work into your faster pace.
- After the first 5 seconds, you will have reached your stride speed. Focus on pumping your arms font to back (vs. crossing over your chest), lifting your knees, and landing on your mid foot (not on your toes or on your heal, but on the middle of your foot)
- After your stride, give your body time to fully recover (about 45-60 seconds). When your breathing has gone back to normal, you may repeat the steps above. Do this 5-8 times after your easy run.
MISTAKE #4: Runners increase milage instead of adding strength training
SOLUTION STEP #4: Strength
Now that you have incorporated your short, slow run and strides, you will now incorporate a simple strength routine. As you start running, your strength training should either be a core routine for runners, or hip strengthening exercises. Click here for my go to core and hip exercises that are super effective but not super time consuming. Put each of these routines on your running calendar twice per week.
MISTAKE #5: Runners get busy and do not get proper rest
SOLUTION STEP #5: Sleep!
It is very important that you body gets proper rest, now that you have committed to a weekly running routine. Write on your calendar your planned bedtime, and get into a good bedtime routine so you can fall asleep as soon as you hit the pillow, and wake up refreshed each day! If you need help planning your bedtime routine and managing your busy schedule, check out my Top 10 Time Management Tips.
Here are your 5 Simple Steps.. Now Start Running!!
Your plan is set, friends, now it is time to execute! Lace up your new running shoes and enjoy the fresh outdoors!