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
- 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
- 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