“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw
I saw this article on the Internet and realized at one point or the other I have made most of the mistakes listed here:
1) Doing too much too soon. I ran my first 5k in August of 2007 and my first Marathon in May of 2008. I made it, I did it, but I paid for with back to back injuries that kept me sidelined for close to a year. It is important to gradually increase your speed and mileage by not over 5 – 10% a week. Your body will also need breaks in the training especially after your first half marathon.
2) Ignoring recovery. How many of us after a run just jump in the shower take off to dinner? Your body needs 5 minutes to cool down after a run and that includes stretching. I want to add that I have been guilty of ignoring the recovery period after a half marathon and immediately jumped into training for a marathon.
3) Not wearing the correct pair of running shoes and equipment. When I first started running I had absolutely horrible shin splints. I was shocked to learn that the $50 pair of running shoes that I had bought at the discount shoe store were not the correct pair of running shoes for me. I purchased a pair of running shoes at local shoe store that specialized in running shoes and the shin splints went away
4) Having no goals or plan. I have been accused of always being in training for a race. I have not done enough Yasso 800’s or Fartleks to increase my speed. My goal is to qualify for and run the Boston Marathon. I need to get serious and accomplish this goal.
5) Learning to pace properly. It is a lot easier to pace properly for a half marathon than a full. Early on in a marathon I am having to fight to hold my body back, my body feels like a race horse wanting to charge ahead. At the end I am having to push myself to keep going.
This is me during the Chicago Marathon
6) Not varying your training. That is where a good training plan comes in handy. You need interval training, hill training, long runs and short recovery runs. I have also used a personal trainer to assist me in cross training.You need days off from running for your body to heal.
Do you have any mistakes to add to the list?