Trip You Up?
Runners get a lot of flack
about their morning miles.
Ask any regular jogger, and they can probably recite the well-intentioned lecture
that concerned friends, family members, and barely-there work acquaintances
like to send their way verbatim. These critics - who probably haven't laced up
their running shoes for more than a brisk power walk in years - typically have a
litany of the same prodding concerns:
Haven't you heard that running is bad for your joints?
Why do you do this regularly - it looks awful!
Can I introduce you to an elliptical?
But the truth is, anyone who dedicates
themselves to running probably loves the sport
enough to gently sidestep these concerns -
especially since many of these complaints are
based in myth!
H E R E A R E A F E W O F T H E M O R E C O M M O N
M Y T H S T H A T R U N N E R S C A N C O N F I D E N T L Y
I G N O R E .
Too Much Running
is Bad for You
We’re all suckers for catchy titles. Over the past
few years, runners might have noticed some
major newspapers circulating articles that seemed
to warn against the long-term dangers of
running. However, a lot of these pieces are based
in faulty interpretations and bad statistical
Should you run 25 miles a week? If it’s beyond
your ability, probably not. But if you have the
capability and urge to do so, there doesn’t seem to
be any harm in it.
Missing a Workout
Will Tank your
Skipping a workout won’t mean the end of
your high performance streak. Use
common sense! If you feel sick or notice
pain when you run, take a break! Pushing
yourself only increases the odds that you’ll
get sick - and taking a day to allow your
body to recover will have far less of an
impact on your running time than a
weeklong stint in bed.
You Need to Stretch
Before a Run
What do you do to warm up before a run?
According to research published in the Journal of
Strength and Conditioning, you probably
shouldn’t make static stretches part of your pre-
run routine. Results from a 2010 study found that
distance runners who performed static stretches
tended to have a poorer performance than those
who forewent stretches altogether. For best
results, do dynamic exercises before a run, and
save the static stretches for afterwards!
Running is Bad for
It’s easy to understand why runners and
non-runners might think that running is
bad for joints when each and every stride
feels concussive! But 2016 research has
thoroughly debunked this misconception;
in fact, a regular practice of running might
actually protect against degenerative joint
Running in Cold
Illnesses stem from germs, not temperature.
Runners who keep their head and hands warm will
be just fine. Ironically, you’re more likely to catch
a cold in a warm and crowded room than on a cold