2 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When You Start Running

2 Biggest Mistakes I See Beginning Runners Make

The hardest part about running is getting started. And you can only get there by putting one foot in front of the other and making a mental decision to not quit. 

The two biggest mistakes I see beginning runners make are: 

1 – Rushing into it. You can’t expect to go out and run a mile the first time. I remember when I first started running it was from one block to the next or one light pole to the next and then I took a break and walked. Maybe it’s 30 second on and 30 seconds on. Going out too fast and expecting to be able to run a mile the first time is only setting yourself up for failure. Ease into it. Start out with 30 second intervals (run for 30 seconds and walk for 30 seconds) and slowly increase one week at a time.

2 -Not having the proper running shoes. You wouldn’t start a new hobby whether it’s bow hunting, golf, quilting, skiing, crocheting with out the proper tools or gear, right? So why would you start running with out the proper shoes? Having the proper shoes for your foot will prevent onset of early injury, shin splints and just allow you to run more efficiently. 

Road Running Shoes are designed for pavement. They are light and flexible and are made to cushion or stabilize feet during repetitive strides on hard, even surfaces.

·     Make sure you get the right size

·     Arch Shape – your arch shape affects the way your foot moves as you run. A simple way to figure out your arch shape is when you get out of the tub, shower or pool, take a look at the footprint you leave on the bathmat or cement. The shape of your footprint will indicate the type of arch you have (high, normal or flat-footed).

·     Pronation is the foot’s natural inward roll following a heel strike. Basic (neutral) pronation helps absorb impact, relieving pressure on knees and joints.

o  Neutral – if you have neutral stride, shoe wear is centralized to the ball of the foot and a small portion of the heel.

o  Over-pronation – an exaggerated form of the foot’s natural inward roll. This is a common trait that affects the majority of runner’s, leaving them at a risk of knee pain and injury. Over-pronators need stability or motion control shoes. Over-pronation is identified by wear patterns along the inside edge of your shoe.

o  Supination (inward) – also called under-pronation is an outward rolling of the foot resulting in insufficient impact reduction at landing. Relatively, few runners supinate, but those who do need shoes with plenty of cushioning and flexibility. Supination is marked by wear along the outer edge of your shoe.

Types of Running Shoes

o  Cushioning Shoes

o  Stability Shoes

o  Motion Control Shoes