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The 4 Worst Things You Can Do Before a Run

The 4 Worst Things You Can Do Before a Run

Mistake 1 - Static Stretching

Contrary to what we got told in school P.E., static stretching before a run is NOT a good idea. Our bodies aren’t warmed up yet and stretching our muscles with no preparation is likely to cause more harm than good.

The current sports science advice is to begin with walking and dynamic stretches that mimic the running motion. This includes very gentle leg swings and lunges. Save the stretching session for the warm-down!

Mistake 2 - Not listening to your body

So we’ve got our big goal in mind, we’ve worked out a training plan and we’re ready to smash it. But one day we wake up and all the training seems to have caught up with us… It’s OK to take a breather.

Yes, part of the running journey is pushing yourself even when you don’t feel like it but if your body is telling you something is wrong, listen to it!

Missing a training session isn’t going to lose your fitness but missing a whole season with an injury will. And it will suck, big time!

Mistake 3 - Eating too much, too close to the run

When we exercise, our body diverts blood to where it’s needed most. Therefore, less blood goes to our stomach and digestive system, effectively putting our digestion in to slow motion.

In order to avoid cramps and stitching, try and leave a couple of hours after a full meal before running. If you’re up early in the morning and don’t have time for that, keep your food intake light, for example some peanut butter on toast or a banana.

Avoid anything fatty, fried, acidic or most importantly, spicy!

Which brings us on to our last mistake you can make before running.

Mistake 4 - Not going to the toilet

Pretty self-explanatory and we don’t need to go in to too much detail on this one. Anyone who has made this mistake before has likely not made it again in a hurry. Make a little trip to the restroom part of your pre-run routine and you’ll have one less worry to deal with.

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