Many people who begin running have at some point done these simple mistakes with their running performance.
1. Starting off too fast!
2. Never adding strength training.
3. Not eating enough.
4. Eating too much.
5. Comparing yourself to other runners.
Admit it, we’ve all done at least a couple of these things when starting off with our new sport. I can remember doing a few of these myself such as; going too fast, doing all cardiovascular performance, not eating enough, and constantly comparing myself to other runners. We’ve all been there! So here are some simple solutions to fix these top five problems and I assure you, once you do your running will increase so much better.
1. (Mistake: Going too fast)
If you’re at all like me then you just can’t wait to get out there and run those far distances. But just remember that like everything else, it takes a lot of hard work and practice to reach up to far distances. So if you are a couch potato and would like to begin running then try looking up a good training plan. A training plan can really help you so you won’t over train yourself and prevent you from getting any injuries.
However, if you don’t feel you want to follow a training plan like that then try something I did. I started out doing little intervals of running. Beginning with doing around two or three mile intervals involving a four minute warm-up, then running for two minutes, walk for one minute, and repeat.
2. (Mistake: Never adding strength training!)
I am completely guilty right here. I never did strength training when I started out. It was constant running and nothing else, which yes does help with weight loss. But in my experience when not adding strength training you will more than likely become too skinny and not toned at all. Just bony. I became, literally so fragile looking people assumed I was anorexic.
Also, strength training could help you run faster because you are building more muscle as well. So add in those weights and you should be on your way to good running material!
3. (Mistake: Not eating enough)
This could be another main reason why I became too skinny along with my running.
You need to make sure you’re eating enough foods for your runs. Just make it healthy opinions, so don’t go out and eat four big-macs after your run because that won’t do any good either. Stick to making sure you get enough nutrients into your diet. Especially if you’re a vegetarian runner like I am, you need plenty of protein, fiber, and good complex carbohydrates to fuel your body right. Yeah, SURPRISE, I said carbohydrates because you need those for your fueling. Girls, whoever made up that shit on carbohydrates making you fat was obviously a fat person jealous of thin girls and wanting to make them feel insecure. So just make sure it’s the good kinds such as; whole grains and not white processed.
4. (Mistake: Eating too much)
A lot of people will think that they are runners so that should give them the license to eat whatever the hell they want. It’s no license to do that. Everything in moderation people, remember that! Just because you ran one day does not mean you can go off having an entire bag of potato chips, or a jumbo size of chocolate cake. Make sure you’re making the right decisions and keep a general idea of the calories in vs. calories out.
5. (Mistake: Comparing yourself to other runners)
We’ve all been there. Thinking we will never run as fast as one runner to the next. But keep in mind guys, we’re all different here and that includes our running. Studies showed that an average of men tend to run faster, but a good amount of women tend to run a bit slower but longer. Plus, if you love the sport why should it matter if someone else is better or faster than you. Just keep working on making your performance better. You are your only competition! Compare your running to your running from last week, or yesterday’s.
And finally…enjoy it!