We all have them: our worst running habits. Our intentions are always good, of course, but somehow, I think we all fall into our own not-so-productive processes. What can we do? Talk about it, of course.
I am terrible at hydrating.
Drinking liquids is not my jam. I don’t care how hot it is or how much effort I’ve put in: I just don’t love drinking. Even worse, I hate water. Something about it makes my stomach feel gross and sloshy. As a result, I very rarely hydrate on the run. It’s a terrible habit, and while I can’t recall ever being actually DEhydrated, I should be better about it in order to improve my running.
I rarely make time for stretching.
Yup. I know. Stretched muscles are happy muscles. But stretching is slow and takes so much time, and my patience is nonexistent these days. Unless I’m really feeling super stiff or sore, I just don’t stretch like I should.
I run in the darkness.
Most every run starts before the sunrise for me, which is fine on its own. That said, I’m not always super consistent about wearing lights or reflective gear. Oops. It’s not that I don’t want to be seen by cars, it’s just that I want to be inconspicuous.
Rest days aren’t my favorite.
I know rest days are important, but I never feel great when I take them. Even if I just head out for a mile walk or run, it helps keep me from feeling stiff or achy. It’s just how my body works right now.
I run with my arms too high
Those T-rex arms will get you every time. I think I would be much more successful at running if I just used my arms a little bit. Instead, I rely way too much on my legs and force of will. I do try to be conscious of it, but I also quickly forget to check my form.
What are your worst running habits?
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