Whether you’ve been running for years or you’re just starting out, there are a few common running mistakes you need to avoid.
These mistakes can spell disaster, turning your healthy running habit into a serious injury.
What are these common running mistakes, and how can you avoid them?
1. Forget to Warm-up or Cool down
Line up at the start of any 5k race, and you’ll see runners doing some pretty strange things: bouncing, jumping, jogging in circles.
They’re doing kinetic stretching, warming up before they run.
That sort of warm-up is important, just as important as a cool down (static stretching) at the end of a run.
Skip it, and you’ll risk sore muscles, cramps, and more.
This is probably the most widespread of the common running mistakes, one that leads to innumerable injuries each year.