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Do These
Running Myths
Trip You Up?
ALLEN CURRERI
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
analysis! 
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
Performance
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
Your Knees
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
disorders!
Running in Cold
Weather is
Unhealthy
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
running trail!
Thank
You!
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Do These Common Running Myths Trip You Up

  • 1. Do These Running Myths Trip You Up? ALLEN CURRERI
  • 2. 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? 
  • 3. 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 .
  • 4. 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 analysis!  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.
  • 5. Missing a Workout Will Tank your Performance 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. 
  • 6. 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!
  • 7. Running is Bad for Your Knees 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 disorders!
  • 8. Running in Cold Weather is Unhealthy 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 running trail!