You said you wouldn’t, but you’ve jumped on board the running bandwagon. It’s everywhere right now, so it’s pretty hard not to get involved – everyone’s doing it, right? Whether you’re Week 1 or Week 10 into your Running Program for Beginners, my advice here is the same – don’t get caught in the injury cycle before you reach your first 5km.
Taking the time to make yourself familiar with these common mistakes made by new runners will hopefully help you avoid being side-lined!
Mistake 1 – Too much, too soon
After the initial struggle street with running, you will suddenly start feeling bursts of euphoria on completion of a run session, AKA – the ‘Runner’s High’. You feel satisfied, less anxious, relaxed and all is right in the world. Pretty soon you want to experience this feeling more and more, but don’t get sucked in!
Mistake 2 – No rest for the wicked
I can hear you thinking “Enough with the Runner’s High already”, but it’s about to rear up its ugly head again. It’s also responsible for not allowing yourself to rest, and rest, you must! No rest means inadequate recovery, which you guessed it – leads to injury!
Mistake 3 – If I ignore it, it will go away
The third big mistake new runners make is allowing a slight niggle to develop into something far worse, all the while still keeping up with their training demands in the hope it will disappear. It may well go away, but then again, it may not.
When you first start a new exercise regime (and after the initial shock to the body), it can become addictive. The rush of endorphins and the fabulous Runner’s High leave us wanting for more and more. Following the advice above will hopefully keep you running on the ‘injury free’ road.
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