The other day when I was on the treadmill, (go away cold!) I started to think about some of the running mistakes I make.
I have been running for 7 years but I always see articles regarding, mistakes we make when we are beginner runners. What about the mistakes we form as we progress with our running?
Sometimes I feel I have more mistakes now then I did when I first started out. I mean when I started running I was just running to run, now that I have so much information given to me about running I over think a lot of the times what I am doing! Does this happen to any one else?
1. Changing my running shoes at the 500 mile mark. When I first started running I was diligent on getting new shoes when I was around the 450-500 mark. Sense I have been running for a while I know when I need new shoes but I still try to put on 50-75 more miles on the shoes to get a little more life out of them. This can be a huge mistake and one I am willing to change right away because I realize when I don’t change my shoes out it can lead to injury and pains that were avoidable. The sad part is I work at a running store!
2. Not eating something after I run. When I first started running I would run 2 miles and be starving. Now I can run 10 miles and not feel anything. I am sure because I have built up my endurance; food is something that I don’t crave after a run. However, this can lead to injury. I need to start refueling with a good mixture of carbohydrates and protein to make sure I won’t deplete later in the day and for preventing injury.
3. I curl my toes when I run. I will get cramps up my calves and I realize I’m curling my toes in my shoes and not realizing that I am curling them and this leads to the cramps! I do this when I get bored, especially on the treadmill. I have to learn to not curl my toes and relax my body when I am running.
4. I forget to breath. I tell my 5k’ers this all the time; do I listen to my own advice? Not a chance! It is amazing when I think about breathing and sticking to a pattern how much better I feel. To fix this habit I’m going to write on my hand, “don’t forget to breath!!” I think this will help :).
5. I have cut the speed. But I have just started getting back into speed. When I trained for my first marathon I was diligent about getting a speed workout once a week. After the marathon I went through a stage of not wanting to be fast and just wanting to run.Once I started to train for a ½ I realized I lost a lot of speed from just doing the easy runs. Then I started training for the 2nd marathon and realized easy runs all the time were so much better than the fast ones. BUT I soon realized after the 2nd marathon I missed running fast and PR’ing at races. So I have reinstalled this workout routine, twice a week now and it feels great!
Daily workouts January 20, 2014- January 27, 2014
Monday: P90X Legs and Back
Tuesday: 4 mile hill/speed workout
Wednesday: P90X Kenpo
Thursday: 8 mile run
Friday: P90X Chest and Back + 4 mile recovery run
Sunday: 5 mile hill run workout +10 minute walk + 20 minute bike
Monday: 30 minute bike + P90X Shoulders and Arm & Ab Ripper X
Tell me about your worst workout habit/mistake.
What was your best workout this week?