Common Mistakes Runners Make (Part 4) – Response

Kindly see this link for parts 1, 2 & 3 of this series explaining the first 3 common mistakes that new runners makes.

Part 4: The Response Mistake:  Ambitious Runners Often Train Through Pain

None of the prior mentioned mistakes (IntensityFrequency, Volume) matter if the body is in pain. Pain is a signal that the body has had enough or is not ready for more work. It cannot be ignored. Rest and recovery is required before training can resume. It is a huge mistake to stick to a pre-fabricated training plan at all costs. A good training program is dynamic and allows the plan to be adjusted based upon your response to the workouts and other stressors.

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New runners often have some difficulty differentiating between discomfort and pain. Discomfort often accompanies hard work. Fatigue during workouts is part of the process. Sore muscles are to be expected. But pain is a signal that damage is being done. Discomfort can turn into pain. As a rule, if training is so uncomfortable that you need to modify your form in order to proceed, then it is time to stop. When pain lingers into the next day, the body is not yet ready to train again. It takes just as much discipline to rest when necessary as it does to train when not motivated.  

If you find that you are having difficulty training, ask yourself if you are making any of the four common mistakes most new (and experienced) runners make. By correcting these common mistakes you will create a more balanced training plan that will allow you to run with more enjoyment, with a lower injury risk, and with better results along the way.

If you find that you are having difficulty training, ask yourself if you are making any of the four common mistakes most new (and experienced) runners make. By correcting these common mistakes you will create a more balanced training plan that will allow you to run with more enjoyment, with a lower injury risk, and with better results along the way.

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Shannon McGinn is an RRCA Certified Distance Running Coach and the owner of Creating Momentum, LLC.  She is a life-long runner, becoming more involved in racing after surviving cancer.  She considers herself a marathon and ultramarathon specialist, earning several USATF National Championship top 10 or better placements in the 50k and 50M distances. She has not missed a day of running since December 2011.

 

 

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