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Allen Curreri points out a few running myths that amateur and professional athletes can safely ignore.

Allen Curreri points out a few running myths that amateur and professional athletes can safely ignore.

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Running Myths That Might Trip You Up

  1. 1. Do These Running Myths Trip You Up? ALLEN CURRERI
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!
  9. 9. Thank You! AllenCurreri.net

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