Have you ever wanted to be a runner, long-distance, short-distance, recreational, or as a competitor?
Believe it or not, everyone is a runner! Whether you ran as a kid chasing people, sports, and even running out the house when your mom says " we're going to get pizza" you ran. Everyone can be a runner- but it's a lot harder to believe if you have misguided ideas about running.
A lot of seasoned running coaches have seen, heard and fixed it all. Here are 4 myths to ignore about running that people talk about.
MYTH #1- RUNNING IS BAD FOR YOUR KNEES
A study in the European Journal of Applied Physiology showed that runners are no more or less likely to have knee problems than non-runners. Smart running is not likely to harm healthy knees.
MYTH #2- I JUST NEED TO RUN TO GET BETTER
The counter myth about needing speed work every workout is the myth that we just need to put in tons of miles to get faster. Yes, it'll work for awhile only. The real gains in speed and strength requires harder efforts and intervals, just not all the time. A specific training regimen should be both easy and hard runs to help push yourself and to adapt and recover.
MYTH #3- I CAN'T RUN
A lot of new runners love using this as an excuse. This is by far one of the worse lies coaches often hear in rookies. This is also one that runners hear from friends or family members that don't want to join for a mornings run. The mistake most people make is going too hard or too far too quickly. It can lead to injuries or discomfort that makes it seem like you're not cut out for the sport.
MYTH #4- I DON'T NEED A COACH
Getting some outside help can dial up your training so you're actually working towards your goals in a smart way. A coach can analyze your stride and help perfect your form to the correct way of running and offer minor suggestions and tweaks. Sometimes it's not to completely change your running, just to improve it.
We still have a lot of sunny summer days left so lace up those shoes and go out for a healthy run!
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