10 common running mistakes to avoid

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Running is one of the most accessible, healthy and natural forms of exercise out there. But that doesn’t mean it’s free of pitfalls. It’s true. You can’t go too far wrong with running. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t numerous mistakes you can make if your goal is to run faster, better and stronger, to keep making progress, to avoid injury, and to still be a running strong for years to come.

We lift the lid on the most common running mistakes, so you can have a snag-free path to becoming a more awesome runner. It’s true, when you take a break you’re more likely to backslide into being a couch potato, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a time-out when you need to.

Both illness and injury require rest if you’re going to make a speedy and complete recovery. Running through an illness or injury can often extend the time it takes to get better – not just by a few days but by weeks or even months. And if you’re injured – you risk your injury not healing properly at all.

Many running-related injuries are caused by overuse (see next running mistake!). These type of injuries can creep on gradually and initially cause nothing more than minor discomfort. However, if you ignore them and continue running, these minor aches and pains can become full blown injuries that take a long time to heal. So pay attention to any aches and pains. If a pain gets worse as you continue your running workout, it’s a warning sign that you should stop your run. READ MORE…

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