Okay, so you’ve been running races on and off for a while now and you pretty much have your pre-race training routine memorized like the back of your hand. However, you’re not getting the results you were expecting, so what’s going on? Even though you may have a few races under your belt, it is easy to develop bad habits or make mistakes that may be sabotaging your training goals.
Take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookies and even novice runners may make occasionally in their training routines.
1. Getting in over your head
It’s great to have a goal, but if you’ve only been training for 10ks and decide suddenly you are going to enter a marathon without taking the time needed to expand your training efforts, you’re likely to be disappointed. There are no shortcuts, set realistic goals and give yourself the time to do the training needed to achieve them.
2. Gaining weight during training
You’re training for your upcoming race, but instead of losing or maintaining your weight, the pounds are starting to pile up. The problem may be that you’re taking in more calories than you are burning off with post-workout munchies. You may think it’s okay to indulge, but in reality, running only burns off 100 calories for each mile you run. Stick to healthier snacks to satisfy the increase in your hunger.
3. Being stuck at a plateau
You are probably familiar with the term “muscle memory.” If you continuously do the same workout every day, your muscles are going to start to become used to it. This can thwart your training goals and cause you to gain weight. You can avoid this by keeping your workouts fresh and mixing it up by changing terrains and adding in speedwork to your routine.