Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes: A Beginner’s Guide to Running

Posted by Beni Cook
A Beginner’s Guide to Running

Are you new to running and eager to hit the pavement in the vibrant community of Collingwood? Before you lace up your sneakers and embark on your running journey, it’s essential to understand the common mistakes that beginner runners often make. In this post, we’ll explore the top five mistakes and provide practical solutions to help you start your running journey on the right foot.


Understanding the Importance of Avoiding These Mistakes

Before we dive into the solutions, let’s understand why avoiding these mistakes is crucial for beginner runners:

  • Injury Prevention: By avoiding common mistakes, you can reduce the risk of injury and stay healthy and active for the long term.
  • Consistency: Building a solid foundation and developing good habits from the beginning will set you up for success and consistency in your running journey.
  • Enjoyment: Running should be enjoyable and sustainable. By avoiding mistakes, you can make your running experience more enjoyable and fulfilling.



Top 5 Mistakes Beginner Runners Make
  1. Training Too Hard, Too Soon:
    • Mistake: Many beginner runners make the mistake of pushing themselves too hard in their training, leading to burnout and injury.
    • Solution: Focus on building your base and maintaining a low to moderate intensity for all your runs, except for races, for the first 6-12 months. Gradually increase your distance and intensity as your fitness improves.
  2. Neglecting Soft Tissue Development:
    • Mistake: Beginners often neglect to develop their soft tissues, leading to an increased risk of injury.
    • Solution: Start with walk/jog intervals, such as 1-minute jogging and 4 minutes walking repeated 6 times, then gradually increase the jogging time and reduce the walking time as you progress. This helps strengthen your muscles and connective tissues while minimising the risk of injury.
  3. Skipping the Warm-Up and Cool-Down:
    • Mistake: Many runners skip the warm-up and cool down, which can also lead to an increased chance of injury.
    • Solution: Always start your runs with a proper warm-up, including dynamic stretches, core and glute activation drills and light jogging, to prepare your muscles and joints for activity. Similarly, end your runs with a cool down, including static stretches to improve flexibility and aid recovery.
  4. Neglecting Strength Training:
    • Mistake: Beginner runners often focus solely on running and neglect strength training, leading to muscular imbalances and increased risk of injury.
    • Solution: Incorporate strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and core exercises into your weekly routine to improve overall strength, stability, and running performance.
  5. Ignoring Recovery:
    • Mistake: Many runners neglect the importance of recovery, leading to fatigue, burnout, and decreased performance.
    • Solution: Prioritise recovery by ensuring you get adequate sleep (aim for 8 hours per night), nourish your body with a balanced diet, incorporate active rest days into your training schedule, and engage in activities such as walking and stretching to aid recovery.



In conclusion, by avoiding these common mistakes and implementing the practical solutions provided, you can set yourself up for a successful and enjoyable running journey in the Collingwood community. Remember to train smart, listen to your body, and prioritise your long-term health and well-being.

Helpful Tip: Focus on consistency and gradual progression rather than comparing yourself to others or pushing yourself too hard. Enjoy the process and celebrate your progress along the way. Happy running!


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Beni Cook

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