An appropriate approach to run and the proper technique is the key to improving your performance. So, check with this list of the most common runners’ mistakes and eliminate them if detected.
1. Running at the same pace
If you want to boost your running performance, avoid the monotony of your training routine, as our body gets used to the same pattern. Create a new stimulus every time, adding different workouts like intervals, tempo runs, hills and fartleks to make your body meet new challenges.
But do it gradually: our muscles need some time for adaptation. Otherwise, over-training causes overuse injuries, which include runner’s knee, shin splints, and inflammation of the Achilles’ tendon.
2. False ambition
Some runners lower the intensity of their training one or two weeks before the race, as they believe they are well-prepared for the race. But when the very event comes, they don’t feel so confident.
Never yield to this false ambition. On the contrary, incorporate one or two hard workouts into you routine to give your body the last (but essential) stimulus.
Still, in the last two days before the race, avoid unfamiliar exercises. Sore or fatigued muscles may endanger your race results.
3. No warm-up
A good warm-up prevents you from injury, as the warmed-up tissue is more protected from stress. So, never skip it.
4. Poor abs and back
Also, include into your training runner-specific exercises, as undeveloped abdominal or back muscles pretty often cause injuries, overuse symptoms, or compensatory movements.