The biggest mistake runners make is rushing into training and not being patient. Many rookies are guilty of pushing the pace and increasing their mileage too quickly during the early stages. Even with perfect form, running is a high impact activity and you need to give your body time to adapt and adjust to the new stimulus.
Setbacks are part of the journey so don’t think of a missed run as a reason to give up or lose confidence. Sometimes a rest can be a blessing in disguise, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready for your next run.
When just starting out it’s easy to focus on running the same route, which is better than not running at all, however remember to vary your runs, different distances, paces and terrains.
Many new runners choose shoes based on looks or colours. Being too superficial about footwear selection can cause injury if the trainer doesn’t suit your gait. Try a few different brands and models on and carry out a gait assessment if you’re un-sure of what type of shoe to run in. Walk around the house in your new shoes to break them in and always remember to try your new wheels in training prior to event day.
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