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10/27/10 11:27 P

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Suerun11- about 2.5 years ago I broke my leg and spent 4 months on crutches. It took me about 3-4 more months to work up to running again.

My biggest tip would be to add time/distance slowly but steadily. The couch to 5k program can be a good way to ease back into running.

"It always seems impossible until it's done" - Nelson Mandela


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9/23/10 11:19 P

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I have made several mistakes. Running in walking shoes, adding too many miles too quickly (shin splints), eating right before a run, running with insoles that led to blisters, not taking a cell phone or telling anyone my route (when I was out in the country with a sprained ankle), starting races out way to fast, keeping running shoes too long, etc.

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Like others said, listen to your body. You can wait another day or run less on one workout. In 10-16 weeks, one workout will not ruin you.

Don't listen to the negative voice in your head. If I did, I would've quit at week 8 of training and at mile 3 of my half marathon. If you did the training, trust in your training and your body will take over.

Diet is an all day, every day thing. Eating a granola bar an water before a run will not make you feel better. Consistency is key.

Sleep helps recovery, don't skimp.

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Try the galloway method. I tried it after all my injuries and it worked well for me.

Start by running 5 minutes walking 1minute, then slowly increase to 10 minutes 2 minutes.

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Anyone have any pointers from recovering from an injury and barely being able to run a mile. I want to get up to a 10K! Help!

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Coach Nancy,
I know you have already posted a column on running mistakes but in case you have a follow-up column, here is mine -

Lesson 1 learned: Always try out your running clothes - exactly as you would wear them for a run PRIOR to the event. One time I wore a pair of capri running pants with a different pair of panties than I would normally have worn. As they were 'silky' the capri's kept falling down and I ran the 5k holding my pants up!

Lesson 2: Again - try out your clothing exactly how you would wear it when running the race. I pinned gu packages on the inside of my running capris for my marathon. Over the 26.2 miles, the corners of the gu packages made sores/blisters in my skin in several places due to rubbing.

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Eating the wrong things too soon before a run! Not optimal ;)



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Many years ago, I tried to start exercising. I remember strapping on my shoes and grabbing my Walkman (yes the ones that played cassette tapes) and running like the wind. I was a Wildman. I will weigh 12 lbs by the end on the month at this rate. Then the next day hit. I had left out a few very important aspects of training, proper running shoes, hydration, stretching, warm up, form, pacing, current health level check (reality check). I also learned a very valuable lesson. Planning your running route, as I stated, I ran like the wind 2 miles I was an Olympian. 2 miles woohoo. Oh crap, I ran 2 miles, umm, how do I get home? That’s right I forgot to calculate the return trip. 4 miles first time out, 2 miles is a long way with sore tired muscles and shin splints. Well the next day it hurt to stand and anything else that had to do with my legs. I was in so much pain I said *^%@ that health hurts too much and quit. The next time I tried I bought running shoes read books on how to run/train/stretch and I was successful. I also started by running short distances. Yes you can laugh at me I still do.


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8/15/10 8:37 A

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Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that Nancy's article is posted on the Daily Spark... check it out!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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Comparing myself (a 28 year old female) to the 15-16 year old cross-country boys running races. I am no longer that young, nor SHOULD I compare myself like that - that just breeds discouragment!

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

"Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." 1 Corinthians 9:25


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Running through pain. Rest when you have an injury, it heals so much faster.

Never doubt that you can and will achieve greatness.


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8/10/10 2:34 P

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Stick to your training schedule. Don't over-run if you feel great today, you have another run tomorrow.

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My biggest running mistake was putting it off for so long. I never considered myself an athlete, let alone a runner. I enjoy sports but sat on the sidelines as a fan until adulthood. I still don't consider myself athletic but I'm a frequent participant anyway. I've met some of my best friends running. Had my proudest moments running. And running is my most enjoyable, consistent, and beneficial workout.

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Feeling so inadequate with my racing that I backed out of a race after being there and ready to run.

I got to the 10K feeling a little unsure of the course, and remained in my car watching the in my opinion, more adept racers arrive. I let my nerves get to me and told my husband I didn't want to race and wanted to go home. He agreed to drive me home.
I let my fears and inadequacies get the better of me and chickened out. I lost out on an opportunity to challenge myself. Lucky for me that I didn't let the incident hold me back. I signed up for another 10K a few months later and completed the distance and many races since.

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8/9/10 10:43 P

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One time I went to purchase a pair of running shoes. I get one pair every 400 miles or one year, whichever comes first. I go in with a prescription for the precise shoe for me as dictated by my physical therapist. She is wonderful to help me correct some bad form with the right shoes for the way I walk, stand, and run.

This time, as always, I tried on three pair. It was simple to pick one out for purchase. Upon arriving home, I put the shoes aside for two months, waiting for better weather, and my old shoes to totally wear out before starting to break in the new, $90 shoes. Upon opening the box, I realized that the salesman and I had accidently put one of TWO kinds of shoes in there! I had mismatched shoes! But, the store policy was that there were to be no returns after 30 days. Compounding the situation was that I live 5 hours away from my favorite running shoe store. As it was too late to return them, and ran for one year with mismatched shoes! (And felt guilty for the store manager wondering where the other ones went to his two pair!)
I went back to the store at my earliest opportunity, a few months later, but the mismatched set was gone...to the Goodwill!

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Don't over train and hurt yourself which can take you out of the race all together for a while.

This is not a mistake but rather advice. Try to get a good and dependable running partner that will motivate you to get up and get going when you don't feel like it at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning when you'd rather be sleeping. Especially on mornings when the humidity is so high that you are drenched even though its only 6 a.m.

The only easy day was yesterday.

There will be days when I don't know if I can run a marathon. There will be a lifetime of knowing that I have.


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The most important mistake is taking it too seriously. I use to have fun running races until I found out I was placing (friend saw name in paper). I started checking out the competition and sizing up my age group. I just recently started training others to run, and this is my main focus with them- HAVE FUN! If you don't, it becomes a chore.

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8/9/10 3:00 P

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Here's my 8 tips from personal experience and what I've seen others do. These tips count for those just starting out at small distances and so mid distance training as well.

#1 warm-up and a dynamic warm-up if you don't mind looking like a fool! It makes your running feel so much better to add speed onto a sufficiently warmed-up body.

#2 don't start running so fast at the beginning of your run. Ease yourself into the run and gauge your pacing so you can finish your distance stronger at the end than when you started.

#3 consistency is the one key that has keep me running for nine years. Just getting your runners on and get out the door at least 3 times a week and you won't always feel like your starting over.

#4 Have a new goal before your current training program ends. After the race, if you don't already have something else lined up, your going to feel lost and let down. Having a new running schedule or training program in place before the old one finishes takes the pressure off the race (it's just another run, well...maybe a bit more exciting!) and then you seamlessly transition into your next running adventure.

#5 Think of your running as a yearly pursuit where you have peaks and valleys; you build up, you push some goals when the weather just right were you live and then you work on maintenance when the weathers either too hot or too cold. This gives your body a chance to rest and recover as well.

#6 Give yourself lots of time at key distances before you build up again. For example if you've just built up to a 5K distance, spends some time running lots of 5K's before you move up. Then when they've become easy your body will just naturally be ready to add on more distance and you can start working your way up to 10K. The same applies to transitioning from a 10K to a half marathon. Spend lots time in the 14-18K range so you can finish them strong and they don't completely wipe you out. I haven't finished a full marathon but I feel the same logic should apply, you should be really solid at the 1/2 to 3/4 distance before you build up to the full 42K.

#7 Make sure you let your biology catch up to your psychology! I know you are tough, strong and determined, but sometimes your physiology needs way more time to adjust than you realize. When your body is making adaptations to the stress of running your developing a strong neuromuscular, cardiorespiratory and skeletal systems. If your push too hard too fast your going to end up with injuries, stress fractures and overtraining symptoms. Give yourself lots of time for your body to respond to all your great training.

#8 find a group of like minded individuals to share your running passion with. Let this be your social time. Be there to support each other and create built-in accountability that gets you out the door...their counting on you.

I also agree with the others who talked about socks (I love running socks), good shoes, proper clothing (body glide), fueling and hydration (proper meal planning and timing can make or break a long run) and running in hot weather.

Great topic Nancy, I can't wait to see your top 100 tips.

Jerry

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These may have been posted, but just in case!

1. I ran a marathon in old sneakers. They were broken in and had a bit too many miles on them. Make sure you have several pair of sneakers. MARK them so you know what pair is what age.

2. Glide is your friend. Running long distances you'll find several areas you thought you would never chafe (sp?)

3. Wear tight wicking clothing

4. Hydrate! Salt is your friend leading up to the race. Eat a lot of salty foods. Add salt to your Gatorade. Before a long race take a packet of salt and drink it with some water. Do another in the middle of the race.

5. Don't take more than one dones of aspirin/ibiprofun during the race. However, if you know an exercise physiologist talk to them. Everyone is different.

6. Cross training is your friend. DO NOT only run to train for a race. Weight lift (very important) swim, bike, yoga, pilates. All of these will help you become a better, faster, stronger runner.

7. Add intervals and hills while training to help you increase endurance and speed.



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Don't forget your "SportsGlide", "Blister Block" or good old fashioned "Vasoline."

Waistbands, sleeves, sports bras & the in-seam of your shorts will all rub against you while you run. A little lubrication goes a long way in stopping chafing, blisters & rashes.

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Always wear the right socks.

I made this mistake training for my 1st marathon. It was a regular morning run (4 mi fartlek, I think). I was in a rush & I grabbed a pair of regular cotton socks instead of my running socks.

I could feel that my toes were a little uncomfortable during the run, but I ignored it (that should be the primary rule - when something seems wrong, don't ignore it).

When I finished the run, I realized my toes were bleeding.
Now I own plenty of running socks, and I always wear them, no matter how short the run.

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I'm living or should I say suffering through a mistake right now.
I signed up for a fall marathon (Athens, Greece on Oct 31) while living in a very hot climate.
I ran my first marathon last Feb while I was living in San Antonio. Winter training was a lot more bearable than they are now. I was able to run most of my long runs on late Saturday afternoons with temps typically around the 50s.
I moved from San Antonio to north Florida last month. Just about the same time that i needed to start my marathon training. I'm struggling to get through my long runs with the high temps and humidity. It's amazing how much tougher it is to get through a long run with 90+% humidity.


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Running a half-marathon with a slight fever after having the flu for two weeks. I finished but it was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I even had an EMS worker checking on me every 1/2 mile lol! Needless to say the next time I became ill ( which was a week before a scheduled marathon) I did not run. As much as I hated to lose the entry fee it just wasn't worth it to endanger my health.

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if you are traveling for a race and are using your garmin away from home connect it before the race at sometime.

at one race it took over 20 minutes to connect. it just connected as i crossed the start line but i was totally panicking.

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One day I thought it would be refreshing to fill my water bottle with lime flavored seltzer. To put it briefly... warmed up lime flavored seltzer is super unappetizing. So much so that I cut my long run short that day! It also left me burping as I ran along, hehe. Straight water from now on for me!


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I was working one getting back into running shape a few years back and decided to train for the Flying Pig Marathon. I joined a group that ran together every Saturday and they gave you a "daily miles" schedule to complete on your own. After 6 weeks I got up to 10 miles - of which I was very proud. Unfortunately no one had ever told me that you need to have two different running shoes and alternate them around. I ended up with shin splints and had to stop training, couldn't do the marathon, and now only run infrequently when at all.

:(

But I pledge to slowly start again and get up to a 5K still this year.

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Here's a quick note on a mistake I made.
Not emptying my Nathan water bottles after a run when I had some coconut water left over from the run. For the record, coconut water goes rancid after it has been left out for a few days.

I have made so many mistake on my first half and full marathons that I can write a novel. I will write a follow up message summarizing the mistakes I made. Let's just say, I made every text book mistake on my first half.

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I have always known the importance of a good pair of running shoes, but my recent financial situation lead me to justify buying some cheap New Balances from TJ Maxx. I thought that it would be fine because I have orthotics. Anyhow, after trying to break them in over the past few weeks my toes hurt so bad from the inflexibility of the shoe that I was limping.
Lesson: Suck it up and spend the extra $40 or so on a good pair of shoes.

Increasing mileage to quickly and I got ITBS in both legs. Ouch!!

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I can emphasize enough the importance of REFUELING!!! I am sick, sick, sick this weekend because I ran too much and ate too little during the week. No matter how busy you are, MAKE TIME to refuel properly, ESPECIALLY if you are incorporating long runs into your routine!

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Not checking to see if cars are turning into the drive your are jogging over. Drives me nuts. People do it near the Y all the time. DO NOT expect cars to see you and will stop, check to make sure no one is going to pull in to you before you cross.

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Hey Coach Nancy!

My biggest mistake was waiting too long to replace my first pair of good running shoes basing it on mileage rather than feel. Now I replace them often to avoid potential injuries.

A food lesson learned: on a long training run, I learned that I cannot have beans (especially kidney beans) the night before a long run. Luckily I found a public toilet in time.

Good Luck with your article!

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In preparing for a 5k race where the heat index was going to be over 100, I decided to drink a lot of water to keep from dehydrating... Then when I got to the race, I didn't want to use the porta-potties because they are kind of gross... Somewhere close to mile 2, I almost peed on myself... from that point on, I use the porta-potties...

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Here's one I forgot: not reading the instructions on the timing band that I put on my shoe for the Pittsburgh Marathon. I didn't make sure it was in a loop after threading it through my shoe laces and it failed to register at more than 2 checkpoints so they listed me as a DNF. Even after I showed them my finishing picture and told them the pacers I ran with could vouch for me.

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Starting out way too fast my very first 5K-

Not dbl. knotting shoe laces-

Not wearing sunglasses-

Not bringing a towel-

There are so many, I just can't think of them all right now.

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when I first started, I had too long of a gait and was trying to go too fast. As a result, I ended up with shin splints.

Someone else already mentioned about being fit for shoes. I would also recommend finding a good pair of socks.

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Overinflating the importance of running. It is NOT the most important thing in my life, and if it is, I need to re-prioritize!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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As a new runner, trying to pick out my running shoes without professional help was a big mistake. I finally went to a running store that evaluated my stride and helped me find the perfect pair of shoes for me.

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Good suggestion Bobby! I leave my iPod behind once in a while - especially if I have time to run the maintence roads behind my office. I love the sounds of the birds and bugs in the woods around me while I run.

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Hi!
running mistakes...
Not stretching calves regularly. This lead to terrible plantar fasciitis and taking 6 months off from running. My Physical Therapist said it is a common thing among runners (to neglect calf stretching). Solution: stretch 2 mins per calf using the arc prostretcher before and after a run, rolling a golf ball under your foot, and self massage.

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I arrived just in time for the race; however, I didn't have enough time to get my backpack to the locker check-in, so I ran the 5K with my backpack on containing my car keys, a few clothing items, some snacks and my wife's make-up bag!!!
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Eagle 5K (29:37 - PR)
Fifth Third River Bank Run 5K (31:22)

Upcoming 2010 Races:
9/25 Park 2 Park Half Marathon (5K)
10/9 Run Vasa (10K)
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Going for a run while on vacation in an unfamiliar neighborhood and getting lost. Then not remembering the address or street name of the friends' house you are staying at. (um, excuse me sir, can you tell me how to get to Joe Smith's house? It's blue - there are trees out front. No I don't know his phone number either - it's stored in my cell phone which is on his kitchen table...)

Also assuming that any driver of any car EVER sees you, even if you are wearing a flouresent yellow jacket and have enough blinking lights on you to be mistaken for a Christmas tree. Trust me, they still dont see you. Don't assume that cars will stop at stop signs, either.

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5k - 30:37 The Big Chill (2/27/11)


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Don't leave home for a run without water (even for the short runs) and pepper spray to fight off the dogs.

If you run in the dark, ALWAYS wear reflective gear & headlights.

You cannot eat whatever you want just because you run...

Try not to walk for 12 hours sight seeing with your spark buddies the day before you run a full marathon - hehehe

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Worst Mistake: staying up until 2 am drinking wine and thinking a 10k the next morning would be a breeze - that 10k became a 5k very quickly as I opted out of the second loop.

Also - not pacing myself at the beginning/not warming up.

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My worst mistakes include:

- eating pizza one hour before a five km evening race. Not one, not two, but three slices! I was starving. Then, we left the house with barely enough time to collect our bibs, and run to the start line, as the horn was blown! So, mistake number two: You have to warm up for shorter races!

I went out too fast, had GI issues the whole way, including, among other issues, a massive leadbelly. It was my worst race, ever!

- Buying shorts with a silicone leg band - it was designed to keep the shorts from riding up, but it chafed me so badly, my inner thighs were bleeding by the end of my 10K run. I will NEVER wear anything like that for a run, again. Owie! I seem more sensitive there, now, so I always use Glide.

- having a laissez-faire attitude while training. All winter I had this attitude that as long as I was logging lots of kilometers, I'd do fine in my spring half marathon. Not! The distance wasn't a problem, as it turns out, but my time suffered horribly. I was ten minutes slower. You have to do the speed workouts!

And my favorite mistake (which I still struggle with) -

even if you're running a lot, you still have to watch your calories! I have a real problem allowing my stomach to get empty. As soon as I'm hungry I start eating. As a result, I am fatter and slower than last year. For some of us, I guess, we need to log every single calorie. Thank god for sites like SparkPeople.


Something I've done right, and has reduced my injuries: strength training, including lots of core, and leg stability work. I rarely have running pains, unless it's sore muscles from a long hill workout.

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-failing to stretch after a run
-not training for the conditions of the race, ie training on flat surfaces for a hilly race
-relying on electronics- which are sometimes not allowed in races
-not timing shoe changes, eg. shoes wear out the week of the marathon
-not timing your bowels (a port-a-potty is not the place to go #2)
-not bringing TP
-drinking too little, too late
-wearing new shirt/socks/shorts to a race
-going out too fast
-not running with friends
-not carrying ID
-running in the dark without lights and reflective clothing
-wearing headphones while running, such that you can't hear traffic
-not using RICE after races or strenuous runs



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*don't become so attached to your ipod, garmin or other gadgets that you forget why you are out there.
take them off and enjoy your run and surroundings.
*remember your not 18 anymore - you body does not respond the same as when you were young
*pack your bag the night before the race or if you are really organized print off a list of things you need at the race and check it off once the bag is packed
*charge your garmin or ipod when you get back from your run- mine are always dead
*SUNSCREEN ALWAYS!!!

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

"If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise." ~P.Z. Pearce

"A lot of people run a race to see who's the fastest. I run to see who has the most guts."
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5 Mile 41:26
10k 50:28
13k 1:10:32
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* Running in a pair of shoes with too many miles on them because they are comfortable.
* Not stretching enough, this mistake caused knee pain due to a tight hip flexor.
* Thinking I was ready for trail running. Not good, caused knee pain again due to unstable landing. Which leads me to avoiding Strength Training.
* Not enough ST. ST really helps to stabilize my legs by building a strong frame. emoticon

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My running mistakes.

#1 Thinking in "ought tos"

I ought to be able to run this far
I ought to be able to run even though I shouldn't due to needing rest, or an injury, or having a cold
I ought to be able to run although I haven't eaten or taken water with me.
I ought to be able to run _______ (this race, this pace, this distance, this way) because so-n-so can do it.

All of this "ought to" has caused me to start too fast, demand too much of myself, feel defeated when I haven't achieved [too soon for me] goals.

And I've paid the price with injuries and lacking in areas that I needed to focus on.

The finish line is important, for sure. But the journey to it is that much more.

Wear the right clothes! On one of my first races I wore a running tank and running pants and a jacket. The shirt they gave us was long sleeved. So I put that on over my tank. And then my jacket on top of that. Before mile 1 I was stripping! LOL

I'm a RUNNER GIRL and most days I Run For My Life!

As a dietetic student, I tend to think of nutrition from a scientific view point. Not in a "fad diet" or pseudoscience kind of way.


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Making sure to eat SOMETHING about an hour or more before a race. I typically will have a protein- so a handful of almonds or half of an english with peanutbutter on it.
Making sure to properly hydrate. Not TOO much though. I will usually run with a bottle of water. This way- I hydrate when I need to. Plus I don't have to stop at water stops. If I run out- I will stop.
Going out slow. Make sure you follow YOUR pace. DO not be pressured into following the fast pace of the other runners. Run your race.
Properly training- if you have a longer than 5 mile race- make sure you increase your miles per week run so you can handle the new distance.
Stretch!
Strength train. This has helped me so much. I have brought my times down significantly this year compared to last. Not to mention the weight I lost.

Lisetn to your body. If you are feeling pain- REST. Take the day off or strength train /cross train. DO the eliptical, do yoga, something else besides running. ALl you will do is get injured and then you can not run at all. I know from experience. Happened to me last year. Took me about 6 months to feel good again.

That is all I can think of. LIning up in the right bracket is important too. I HATE when slower runners line up closer to the fast or middle fast groups. Then you are stuck weaving around them. IF the race doesn't do chip timing your time will be WAY off.

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Comparing myself to other runners instead of to myself. - “Hey, he’s running across the entire country so I should be able to run a mile.”

Which led to training too hard and too fast. And, shin splints galore. Ouch! Don’t try to run on those no matter how much you miss the exercise.

Read as much as you can, but never forget to listen to your body when trying new training ideas. If it hurts, it’s not working, no matter what the experts say. I tried to force myself to stay on the barefoot running schedule, but the blisters were awful. I’ve slowed it down and now I’m happy with both my progress and the feel of my feet after each run.


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Oh YEAH!! Add that one to my bag of mistakes too!! - My first 5K in high school was more like an off road trek when me and 6 other girls made our own course, LOL!!

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8/12/2017 Mines of Spain 1/2 PR by 12 min, second female overall
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Eating jalapeño poppers the night before a half marathon. Although I ended up with a pr that race...

Not bringing a map of the course with and realizing it too late as I'm running past a cow and wondering what happened to the trail (Grasslands Half Marathon).



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Also...comparing myself to other runners. Both as a new runner and after years of running. Don't do it.

~ Lynne

"Someone who is busier than you is running right now."
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Continuing to run another 3 miles even though my thighs were rubbing together painfully. Did not look pretty and showering hurt for a week

- kate -

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My biggest mistakes?

Wearing cotton socks for the first two months I was running. I couldn't figure out why I was getting those bizarre blisters on my feet!

Comparing myself to other runners in a race and thinking "Oh no she didn't! That speedwalker is NOT going to beat me in this race!" I should be going at my own pace and not worrying about others.

Taking a run in the rain because I thought it would be cooler. As the rain picked up, I was pelted from all angles...es no bueno!

Mapping my route in areas where there was no restroom available. Runner's trots are the WORST!

~~*Anne*~~

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As a new runner, thinking that I could just jump into running distances because I've been working out for over 2 years...started the C25K and thought it was too easy so just made up my own training plan...ended up with an injury to my knee...

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-Not sticking to a plan. Getting caught up in the race moment and blowing your pace.

-Making up marathon training mileage 2-3 weeks before a race is impossible. 2-3 weeks before a race is too late to gain any training benefit - its time to taper!

-Trying to use marathon training to lose weight. Some weight will drop off but you need to eat properly to train properly.

-After 40 PRs-
50k trail: 6:53:51
26.2: 3:50:23
30K trail: 3:52:28
Oly Tri: 2:48:33
13.1: 1:43:43
10K: 46:17
5-miler: 37:28
5K: 21:06

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Oh WOW!! there are a lot of us making mistakes so here are mine:

Not doing the proper training before any event - any event - I think my longest run before my first marathon was maybe 12 miles - yes I said MARATHON - I finished but could not walk for a week.

Two Words - Stress Fracture - my first cross country coach in high school did not believe in stretching ever - I did not finish my Sophomore year season due to a stress fracture in my shin, but got to know our sports trainers quite well - I will ALWAYS stretch my calves now even when I am not actively in training.

Over training/under eating - I have a habit of increasing my physical activity and forgetting I can't eat like a rabbit, then I bonk during my runs, or fall asleep at my desk - NOT good!

There are many others I'm sure - I'm still a novice at best - thanks for sharing everyone! I've only got half way through the posts LOL!! JILLIANPRNCSS you outta be in stand up, enjoyed your post!

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8/12/2017 Mines of Spain 1/2 PR by 12 min, second female overall
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- Not fueling during long runs
- drinking too much water before a run and/or race (yes, I will admit that I pee outside regularly)
- running too fast on my easy days making it hard to do my speed and tempo runs
- not changing my shoes in after putting the miles on (this causes injures!)


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5/10/-09 -Quad Cities Distance Classic half marathon 1:22:54

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3/20/2001 Washington D.C. Marathon 2:51:17
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Great idea! Looking forward to this blog!!

Dressing too warm on a cool day. 50 degrees and higher only requires shorts and a t-shirt, even if it feels cool starting out.

Happy running!!

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OK! I am the master of mistakes!

Not taking my bike helmet off to start the run portion of my last tri....I ran the 1st 2 miles with it on.

Worrying that people are passing me while I throw up on the side of the road at mile 25.5 of my last marathon.

Not refueling DURING the race...I know this one has already been covered.

Not realizing my number belt made a perfect ring of "chub rub" around my waist until I got into the shower. OUCH!

Doing ANYTHING new b/4 a race.

Thinking I am not a runner even after 10 marathons and several age group placing in 5ks and 1/2 marathon.

Doubting my abilities to qualify for Boston.

I know there are more but this will have to do for now.

Boston Qualified with a 3:45 at the Thunder Road Marathon on 12/11/10
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Thinking that iron will is enough to overcome any problems encountered! For example, I have one route that is always difficult for me because I don't encounter a water fountain until I'm around mile 8. Every time I run this route, it's hard because I get dehydrated. But for some reason, I think that if I just have a different mindset, I can overcome the issue. A better way to overcome it would be to bring water!

Also, not re-fueling properly AFTER a long run / race. I'm always nauseated for hours afterwards and not eating just slows down recovery!

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts" - Winston Churchill

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These have probably all been covered, but I don't have time to read through all the past posts right now...

Not getting fit for the right shoes
Adding too much mileage too quickly
Training too hard (blew out my left hip flexors two weeks before my first half marathon)
Only training on a track
Anything new/different on race day
Not warming up and/or stretching
Running on the wrong surfaces (sidewalks are hard on the legs)

Good luck with the blog! Please send us a spark mail when it posts so we can read it!

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
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8/5/10 8:21 A

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Ohh... I so agree with the sunscreen one. Don't put sunscreen around or above your eyes, sweat dripping in your eyes is bad enough, extremely harsh when sunscreen is mixed in... really horrible when your eye flush out your contacts in an effort to get rid of it and then you can't see to finish your run or drive home.

My biggest mistake, that I keep making... consistently is this... not refueling during long runs. I have run over 10 miles without refueling and have literally fainted in my kitchen waiting for my dinner to cook, post run. (What was I thinking?!? plain steamed veggies post 10 miler? My body needed more than that!) I really hate wearing anything but my shirt, pants (shorts), socks and shoes while running... so I still have to figure out how to carry hydration and fuel on those long runs. Right now, I since I run at the arboretum usually, I stop by my car for a moment to drink and bite.

Imperfection is important. If we were all perfect, then there would be no such thing as growth, and everyone would be extremely boring, which is, paradoxically, not that perfect.-- Dr. Matt


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Starting a body detox veggie and fruit only body flush the day befor race day. Holy energy crash should have had protien!!!!!

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My biggest mistake - not cross training. I was only running and my body felt beat up from all the pounding on pavement. It burned me out and I'm now off the running wagon :(, trying to get back on. This time I will be sure to cross train so my body can handle it better!

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Water! Drink too much before a race and you'll slosh with every step too little and you can end up dehydrated.

New running shorts- try them on a short run first. I'm long waisted and what seemed to fit in the stores started riding up and twisting when I ran.

If you tie your warm-up jacket around your waist, tuck the zipper into your waistband. I have gotten many bruises from the zipper hitting the same spot over and over (goes for keys and cell phone too)

when trying out a new route drive it first. then you will see the detour and realize It adds 5 miles before you get back and plug in the detour into mapmyrun!

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- Not getting fitted for running shoes that are the best fit. We all have different feet and different gait. Be sure that you know what yours is and give yourself the best start in running possible!

- Wearing subpar socks. Always invest in good running socks to keep your feet dry and blister free.

- Not doing strength training specific to the muscles that support your knees. One of the biggest players in running. You can have all the cushion that a runner can buy, but if you aren't strengthening those muscles then you will surely end up injured...no matter how fast/moderate paced you are.


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Getting all suited up for long winter runs - pants, jacket, fuel belt and then remembering that you need to use the bathroom!

Wag more, bark less.

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5M -58:58-7/09
10K -1:14:32 -2/11
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Tips:

- If you walk during a race, be courteous, don't make it difficult for runners to pass. Walking no more than two people wide and to the right of path makes a big difference.

I can not agee with this one enough!

Good running and be Careful out there

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Mistakes:

Packing 2 running shirts instead of a shirt and shorts. Ran in large basketball shorts and got really chaffed.

Running the first 10 miles of Twin Cities Marathon at 6:00 pace to warm up, throwing warm clothes away once warm only to freeze as course turned by wind blown lakes and temp dropped to 32. Almost ran back to get long sleeve shirt and gloves.

Running a marathon in brand new shoes. Blisters!

Thinking at Dublin Marathon that it would warm up from 10:00 a.m. start temperature so ran in a singlet. It got colder and rained and wife got hypothermia.

Running in the middle of a tight pack of 12 runners in Dublin Marathon and not seeing a deep pothole that my left foot fell in as the runners ahead jumped around it. Got a piriformis injury. I didn't even know I had a piriformis.
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Mistakes made:

- Not fueling DURING long runs (eating before and after wasn't enough).

- Being shy and embarrassed about sharing my running goals.
Once I began to let family and friends in on my secret, they were so supportive, it really kept me motivated on rough days.

- Not believing in the power of strength and core training for runners. It really does make a big difference!

- Thinking I was too heavy to start running.

- Believing that all runners must have run track in school. Seems like the majority of runners had a case of adult onset running, sometimes brought on by birthdays ending in zeros.


Tips:

- If you walk during a race, be courteous, don't make it difficult for runners to pass. Walking no more than two people wide and to the right of path makes a big difference.


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dont eat baked beans an 1hr before you run with a friend or they wont be your friend by the end . been their done that !!

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Oh, oh, oh, I forgot - never run TOWARDS geese who appear to have young offspring with them! Sheesh, those suckers are SCARY when they hiss and chase you!!

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Watch your step when moving from sidewalks to the road. And when that invisible road hazard jumps up to trip you, tuck and roll. Don't land on your palms. My shoulder still hurts and it's been a month.

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LGLASS3 Posts: 1
8/5/10 12:09 A

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Loading up on carbs, protein or any other major diet changes. Stick with your diet. It's what your body is used to. Just remember to keep hydrated!

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8/5/10 12:00 A

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The last half marathon I did I was doing a warm up lap around the parliment building in Victoria. I ran over the starting mat and activated my timing chip. This was about a half hour before the race was to even start. Not so smart. They did work it out though. Also don't forget the bodyglide, I once had the nike symbol etched into my skin and have a permanent mark from my sports bra chaffing. Ahh I love running.

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-Drinking coffee before the race...need I say more.

-Overdressing - another big mistake. boy did it get hot!

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8/4/10 11:58 P

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- Wearing cotton anything during a run (especially socks) and then wondering why you're getting blisters and chafing.

- Putting too much stock in race photos. Most of us look horribly disfigured in photos, especially when doing distance running. So get used to it, and don't be ashamed to post them where people can see!

- Training schedules are not written in stone, so don't act like they are. If you are too tired to run one day, then don't...if you feel an injury coming on, rest. It doesn't mean that you are weak or that you can't do it.

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up, you'd better be running."

"Whether you believe you can or believe you can't, you're probably right."

"Man imposes his own limitations, don't set any."


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thinking i'm still not a runner - even after completing a 10 mile race and 15k...

also, after my first race, i didn't remove the bib from my sweaty tshirt for awhile...somewhere around a week. when i did, the safety pins had rusted and i now have rust stains in a nice square on my (formerly) favorite shirt.

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8/4/10 11:22 P

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-running knowing that a thunderstorm is coming; all i could think was, 'rain in this 99 degree heat will be wonderful!' but the lightening and pounding rain wasn't.

-tying my shoe laces too tight and wondering for a month why my calves are cramping and toes are going numb during every run

-while running in a cold weather race, i pinned my bib number to my zipped up jacket and then got too hot and wanted to come out of it a mile into the race but couldn't!

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8/4/10 10:59 P

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Believing that "pain is weakness leaving the body". Sometimes pain is just pain and it means you need to stop!

~ Lynne

"Someone who is busier than you is running right now."
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8/4/10 10:40 P

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Running on the incorrect side of the road.

Thinking, "Oh, yeah. I can outrun that raccoon."

Criticizing myself for not going faster and/or farther.



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Running at night in unfamiliar territory and without a light -- ended up with a very bad ankle sprain when my foot went off the edge of the asphalt into a ditch (way back in college!).

Not stopping to get something out of your shoe that's bugging your foot -- what I thought was an annoying piece of gravel was actually a piece of glass that ended up embedded in my foot. Now I stop and check anytime there is something in my shoe.

Tying laces too tight.

Looking behind you to make sure you're not last. Who cares? Don't look. Just run. You don't REALLY want to know if you are last.

Doing too much walking at the expo the day before your half marathon/marathon.

Thinking you can walk a mile back to the hotel after your marathon/half marathon.

And the big four:

Not stretching
Trying to run through an injury because you're too tuff to rest
Thinking you're not "really" a runner if you're not fast
Going out too fast at a race.

Letting your Runners World subscription expire.

Forgetting things you need for your run (socks, HRM, bra, shirt) especially when you're heading out of town. Make a list, and double check before you leave.

Staying up too late making lists (or chatting with Sparkbuddies) when you should be going to bed early for a morning run!



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8/4/10 10:13 P

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- Don't eat hot wings the night before a run.

-LOOK at your shoes when you put them on! I once raced in two completely different shoes.

- Don't use too much laundry soap with your running clothes. You may get caught in the rain, and have foam appear in places where body parts touch. (I spent nearly 10 miles running with a foamy crotch.)

- It might feel cold out, but you'll warm up fast. Don't overdress!

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8/4/10 10:06 P

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I have made a few, but my top couple are:

-Getting too eager when I was starting out with running and doing too much, i.e. running on a lot of consecutive days. I didn't injure myself (thankfully) but I sure did get fatigued and almost burned out!! Really overtraining in general - BAD. I just had a near miss with overtraining for my next race, but realized it in time and backed off on my running schedule. Soooooo happy I did!

-Eating the wrong things the night before a race or a long run. My "favorite" (as in not) was when I ate Mexican food, a kind I hadn't tried before, the night before a race. The race was only two miles but it may as well have been twenty. UGH!!!

-Relying too much on treadmill training to prepare me for a road race (a half marathon). I did survive the race, but it was rough because I wasn't as used to running in different kinds of weather conditions as I should have been. For my next races, I will be making sure I get at least SOME decent road/outdoor training in!

-Not a mistake as such, but do NOT neglect strength training or cross training! I feel like ST makes me a stronger runner with more endurance, and the XT just mixes things up and keeps things interesting. I feel like I have better all around fitness now that I pay special attention to XT (which I didn't as much before).

Edited by: SLYTHERCLAW55 at: 8/4/2010 (22:10)
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Ignoring proper hydration on long runs. Failure to drink enough water before and DURING just an 8 mile run led to disastrous consequences. I ended up with a mild bout of ischemic colitis and almost had to go to the hospital. I also lost 2 weeks of training time.

Stay healthy, and drink your water!

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8/4/10 9:31 P

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- Doing all-you-can-eat anything the day before a race. In my case it was sushi. You will not fully process it by the next day.

- For guys: not protecting the nipples on long runs. As soon as sweat soaks the shirt, the shirt becomes sandpaper-like. BodyGlide or NipGuards work.

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Training when it's 100 degrees in the shade! What was I thinking?
I could have walked faster.....
I took it slowly, stopped to drink often, but nonetheless, a mistake. The dreadmill would have been better.

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