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Readers Respond: What Are Your Bad Running Habits?

Responses: 12


Updated May 29, 2012

Are you guilty of any bad running habits? Do you forget to stretch after your runs? Do you not hydrate properly? Sometimes skip breakfast before a long run? Share your bad running habits and your strategies for eliminating them. Share Bad Running Habits

Too fast too soon

My worst running habit is certainly going way too fast at the beginning of a run and then wanting to crash from exhaustion by the end. Don't worry if you're behind at the start of a race. Remember the tortoise and the hare: slow and steady always wins.
—Guest runningfashionista

Not enough fuel

Getting back into running after a year long break with a bad case of plantar fasciitis, my bad habit is not having nough fuel for my fire because in the year I took off, I gained weight. I am trying to eat less nd watch closely what I'm eating, but not taking enough calories in for my 3 mile runs. I know that isn't much for so many of you, but I have to start somewhere!, glad to be back;-)
—Guest Angie

not enough steps

I've recently read about increasing the number of steps I give per second. It seems to improve my performance, but I so not used to it that as soon as I start thinking about something else I go back to longer strides...
—Guest qper

Pace yourself

don't try to run for a long period of time at someone else's speed; run at a speed where you're comfortable and know you can go for a while.
—Guest runner


I never drink enough fluids in general. I run at least 4 times a week, and am training for the marathon. I can always stand to drink after a workout but I need to more often. Staying hydrated is so important!!!
—Guest Lexi G

Not drinking during long runs

I am okay not drinking for long runs of up to 2 hours, But now that my long runs are now up to 2 1/2 hours, I need to carry a water bottle. WHAT A HASSLE. I just tried not drinking again no my last long run, and I finally experienced "the wall." I bonked at the 9.5 mile mark of a 12.0 mile run. During the last 2.5 miles of mostly walking, I vowed to myself to carry the stupid water bottle the next time I planned a run of over 2 hours. That's the end of that bad habit!


Now that I am starting back...I really need to rework my form...at 36 and starting over..it can be tough...
—Guest johnathanboxsterguy

Run too fast

Run fast at begining ,slower at half and walk to the end.
—Guest Osben wyane

Running through pain leads to injury

I tend to be tired, but I don't want to skip my runs, so 3 days ago I pulled my hamstring really hard. The irony of all this is that it happened during PE at school, not during any of my runs:( WARM UP AND HAVE PROPER REST, RUNNERS!!
—Guest khamza

not stretching

I often forget to stretch after my runs. I always feel better when I do it, so I need to get better about doing it.
—Guest ccrunner

Bad Habit: Hands/Arms

When I run, my form is starting to lose its structure. I now keep my hands almost at my pecs, and I am losing my shape. Why? Help?
—Guest Trey

don't eat enough

I frequently make the mistake of not eating enough before my runs, especially my long runs. It's related to my habit of trying to get as much as sleep as possible! I usually don't want to wake up early enough to give myself enough time to eat a suitable breakfast before my runs.
—Guest marathon runner

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