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Running and Training Myths

I’ve been collecting these little thoughts for awhile now, and honestly, I have been just waiting for something to prove any of these things to be true. So far, the statements below are being disproven-one after another:

  1. “When you run something is always going to hurt.”  I really did believe this one. But not now. There may be temporary discomfort from working hard, but if there is pain, something is not right. Running through pain and soreness means impending trouble. If you want to listen to someone who makes sense, my trainer recommended  Ready to Run by Kelly Starret and Power, Speed, Endurance by Brian Mackenzie. Here’s a great interview by Connect Run Club with Kelly Starret that aired this week on Connect Run Club.
  1. You don’t need to do something every day.” Maybe not if you just want to stay the same, but if you want to get stronger, faster and build stamina, you probably should. For months I was following this advice and honestly I was getting pretty cranky. Doing something every day does not mean you have to go out and crush it every day, but you should work on something every day, whether it is mobility or breathing, aerobic conditioning or strength related, do something. Every day.
  2. “Don’t worry about pace.” Well, to be fair, this was when I was training my body to run longer distances. But I am now training to become faster. In order to run faster, you need to run fast. But you also need to run more efficiently and that is where skill comes in which brings me to the next item on the list:
  3. “Don’t worry about form.” I’m not sure why anyone would tell a runner not to worry about form. It is true in order to become a better runner you must practice running-but now I wish someone had told me about some of the basic mechanics of running. The good news is, I have things to work on. Always, there is more work to be done.

And there you have it, so far, as I continue to un-learn some things and learn to accept and implement a new practice. I am fortunate to have found a trainer who understands the importance of building on prior knowledge and skills, and at the same time is willing to share his own learning.

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