How To Run Faster: 11 Common Running Mistakes

If you’re like a lot of runners, you’ve probably wondered, “how in the world can I run faster and longer?” Maybe you’ve even wondered how to run fast without getting tired.

Truth is, there’s a lot of contradictory and even outright false information floating around about how to train.

Before you start running, you need to be aware of the common mistakes that most people make when they run. Once you avoid these potential pitfalls, you will get the best results for your efforts and also reduce your chances of injury.

Running is just like anything else that you’d like to master…

Mastery of running begins with the proper preparation, which will pay off in the many break-throughs that’s possible when you take the time to do so…

We’ve rolled up our sleeves to provide you with 11 of the most common running mistakes that you must consider in your quest for increasing your running speed…

Read on to find out more about those 11 running mistakes that you want to avoid…


Mistake #1: Do not do static stretching before a run

 Many beginner runners stretch while their body is still cold. This is not safe and can cause injury. Research has also shown that muscle strength decreases after stretching. This means that you will not be able to run at your full strength.

Just imagine stretching a piece of taffy candy after it’s been in the freezer…

While that’s an extreme example, I’m pretty certain that you get the concept.

Your best bet will be to do some dynamic warm ups such as a few minutes of skipping, mountain climbers, burpees, etc. Once your heart rate is up, then you may do some mild stretching.


Mistake #2: Do not wear old, worn out shoes. Period

 Running in the proper shoes helps to protect the joints and muscles of both the feet and legs from the impact of each stride. If it’s in your budget, I highly recommend investing into a pair of high-end running shoes.


Mistake #3: Do not have unrealistic expectations

This often leads to beginner runners trying to do too much too soon. It takes time to get fit, run faster and get healthier. It takes time!

Many people want results overnight.

They think that if they do more, they’ll run faster and better. This is totally wrong. All that happens is that they raise their chances of getting injured. Furthermore, it makes running become torturous since they are pushing themselves way past the point of comfort. After some time they quit because nobody wants to endure suffering if they can help it.

Slow and steady wins the race. Aim to improve little by little and you will shed the weight steadily and reach your goals.


Mistake #4: No change in running tempo

Steady state cardio has its benefits but you should always have interval cardio in your training regimen. That means sprints, uphill runs, etc. This will constantly challenge you and high intensity training not only increases your strength and endurance but will also keep you in fat burning mode for hours.


Mistake #5: Not eating enough carbs

Running is a cardiovascular activity. You must eat carbs to give your body fuel to run.

Consuming some carbs before and after a run will do wonders for your performance and metabolic rate. Consume healthy complex carbs such as yams, whole grains, and so on.


Mistake #6: Over striding when running is another common mistake

Over striding is when your heel lands way past your body’s center of gravity. People make this mistake falsely assuming that they are running faster. They are just wasting energy and may get shin splints due to this.

Always strive to land with your feet directly beneath your upper body. Your strides should be quick, not overly wide. This is proper running technique.


Mistake #7: Poor upper body form is another mistake

You may have seen people running with their arms flailing or flapping around. If you’ve been running long enough, you would have encountered all kinds of runners with strange upper body form.

The correct technique will be to keep your arms at a 90 degree angle and at waist level close to your hip. Keep your chest out, your posture straight and then you swing your arms by your sides when you run. The arms should not cross your body but always be at your sides. This form will provide you with great aerodynamics.


Mistake #8: Not resting enough

This is such a common mistake and one of the biggest causes of injury. Beginners need to give their bodies time to heal and rest. Music is the space between the notes. If you run daily without any rest days, your body will not be able to restore its glycogen stores.

Furthermore, the undue stress will cause your body to release the stress hormone, cortisol. You really do not want this to happen because cortisol indirectly leads to weight gain. Let your muscles and cardiovascular system heal. In this way, you will become a better and stronger runner. There is no rush, because you’re in the running game for life, right?


Mistake #9: Failure to train with other methods is another mistake

Yes, running is an excellent exercise but it does have its limitations. So, while you may be a runner, go ahead and incorporate a few sessions of weight training, swimming, rowing, etc. in your training regimen. This is excellent for all round body development. It also keeps things interesting.


Mistake #10: Running stiff is extremely common among beginner runners

The only way to be a good runner is to relax and breathe properly as you run. Drop your shoulders, unclench your jaw and watch what state your body is in when you run. Consciously make an effort to relax your body while you are running. You want to be in a zone. Relaxed, focused and still efficient.


Mistake #11: Failing to drink enough water

results in dehydration, exhaustion and may even result in heat stroke. Drink lots of water and the occasional isotonic drink will be beneficial too.

You just discovered the 11 common running mistakes that you must address in order to break your best records.

However, a word of warning – just knowing those mistakes are not going to help you to run faster or longer…

That’s because the key is that you need to take action on what you just learned. And that’s why I encourage you to implement each tip immediately. Because the sooner you laid this solid foundation, the sooner you’ll master how to run faster!


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Discover advanced techniques such as the 3 Components Of Faster Running…

  • Component #1: How often you contact the ground
  • Component #2: How much muscular force you can deliver during ground contact!
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