Many people believe they cannot run. I was one of them.
I was wrong and chances are you are too.
Here are 5 of the top reasons many who are new to running fail:
* Running too fast
It’s not a race. You may be training for one but a great mantra for those new to running would be go slow to go fast. You have to start slow, often taking walking breaks and build up slowly to increase endurance and avoid injury.
* Not mixing it up your routine
Another common mistake is picking a pace (often too fast) and sticking to it every time out…often running the same route. This can lead to boredom, might lead to injury and will eventually stop producing the kind of results that move you forward in your training. Speed and interval work, hill training and long slow runs are all essential ingredients in the runner’s recipe for success.
* Wearing the wrong shoes
I’m not going to weigh in on this too much. There is a lot of differing opinions out there on what shoes are best for running and even a VERY popular barefoot movement. What I will say is, if you are going to take up running, go to a running store and get some help from someone who knows what they are doing. Grabbing whatever shoes you have in your closet is NOT getting you started on the right foot. Too much support or not enough for your type of foot can cause injuries.
* Setting unrealistic goals
Goals are important and I encourage setting some to help yourself keep your eyes on the bigger picture. Setting HUGE goals that are way beyond your current fitness level may just lead to getting frustrated and giving up. There WILL be bad runs and you will learn those are sometimes when you learn the most, about yourself and about running. Set small short term goals and some bigger long term goals. Make sure that you also have some runs thrown in that you are not watching the clock or trying to make it further. Its okay to slow down and enjoy your surroundings.
I highly recommend getting on a training to program such as the Couch to 5K running program.
If you get started or are training now I would LOVE to hear about it!
Peace, Love and Fitness!