In case you didn’t know this… I am a pretty perfect runner. I’ve never had any serious injuries, I’ve never bombed on race day, and I love my love of loving running.
The interesting side of blogging is that I could say that and if you’re new to my blog you’d have no idea if what I just said was true. Luckily for all of you, my mouth is too big and I am too honest for you to actually believe an ounce of the opening sentence if you read my blog regularly. In all honesty there are still some things I’ve done in my running days that I have NOT told you about. I know, how DARE I!? Well, here I am to today to tell you a few more things that I’ve done and probably should be embarrassed about but I’m not… because well, its life.
What NOT to do as a runner…
DO NOT… run over a year in the wrong shoes for you.
<– wrong shoes
DO NOT… drop from a stability shoe to a minimal shoe without easing properly into it.
DO NOT… eat a giant meal and immediately go out running before letting it settle.
DO NOT… spend over three years running without discovering or using Body Glide.
DO NOT… be uneducated about running shoes. Running shoes have a lifespan- which was news to me too.
DO NOT… ignore the benefits of wick away clothing.
DO NOT… just run without throwing in a variety of different running techniques- hills, tempo runs, speed work, etc.
DO NOT… fall into the trap of focusing ONLY on your numbers. Did you go 5.87 instead of 6? Get over it.
DO NOT… choose to experiment with anything new on race day.
DO NOT… take training lightly. You should be experimenting during this stage with fuel, hydration, and potential gear for the race.
DO NOT… fall into the comparison trap. Your ability for ANYTHING in life is never going to be the exact same ability as the person next to you. There will ALWAYS be someone better than you.
DO NOT… skip rest days. They are built into your training program for a reason so respect the rest.
DO NOT… just run. Choose a day or two during the week to do something DIFFERENT. Bike, hike, swim, take a class, ZUMBA, play softball, go on a walk, all are great options that will help mix up your routine and keep you out of a running rut.
DO NOT… ignore serious pain. REALIZE that there is a difference between aches and pains.
DO NOT… choose to not stretch at all. This is something I am working on myself. I actually stretched after my run last weekend! Two points for me!
DO NOT… let the pressure from getting a PR ruin your race. If you get one it should be the icing on the cake… not the whole darn cake.
DO NOT… mention cake around a runner unless you’re going to give them some.
What are your “DO NOT”s for runners?
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