Are You Guilty of These 5 Common Mistakes Runners Make During Training?

Do You Make These 5 Training Mistakes Like Other Runners?

More than two decades and thousands of miles later, I can state with absolute certainty that I have committed every conceivable training faux pas.

After beginning to run in 1998, I competed in cross country and track throughout high school, college, and beyond. I was unable to train and compete as regularly as I would have wanted due to a slew of running ailments I sustained along the road. I did it the hard way, by making far too many silly mistakes while training; nevertheless, with the benefit of hindsight, I was able to improve.

This week on the episode, I look back on my years as a runner and discuss the lessons I’ve learned and the ways in which I’ve improved. My goal as your coach is to help you stay fit and competitive for as long as feasible.

Don’t Make These Mistakes in Training

There are many complex training methods and overhyped speed hacks in running, but without a solid foundation, you won’t go far. Mistakes during training may not seem catastrophic at first, but they may build up quickly.

If you repeatedly train in a way that puts you at risk for injury, you will sustain an injury eventually.

The basics of sound instruction aren’t flashy, but they do the job. Sad to say, there are no short cuts; whether you run 20 or 100 kilometers per week, doing it successfully boils down to making time for it.

Injuries can happen to people of various abilities, but the basics of injury prevention are the same.

In the podcast, I go into further detail about each of the common blunders that runners make and how to fix them.

  • First blunder: fluctuating in mileage too much before a high-volume race. You’re more likely to be hurt in the lead-up to the race than during the race itself.
  • Second blunder: skipping out on quicker running over extended periods of time. This type of fitness takes the longest to regain after being neglected.
  • Mistake No. 3: You aren’t taking it easy enough on your “easy” days. That’s why you need the three “Cs” (and not your GPS) to get around.
  • 4th Error: Continuing to run despite extreme discomfort that forces you to modify your form. Don’t ignore your body’s signals; stop running if you’re in increasing discomfort.
  • Number five on the list of common mistakes is, you guessed it, not doing enough strength training. If you want to run in good health, you need to lay a solid groundwork first.

Do you want to learn more about these common blunders and how to avoid them? How to avoid them in your personal training is discussed in this week’s episode.

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