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6 Common Mistakes Runners Make

Written by: Margaret Steffie, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

To put it simply, I eat, breathe and live running. For the last seven years of my life, it has been a constant presence, something I can turn to when I am stressed, happy, sad, or just ready for a challenge. Often my other daily activities and commitments are scheduled around my runs, and I spend a fair amount of time evaluating my running results, tweaking my current programs, and making changes based on the most up-to-date research available.

With all the gym closures of 2020 and New Year’s Resolutions of 2021, many individuals have taken to running as their exercise of choice while others who were already running are looking at 2021 and all its goal-crushing potential. Regardless of if you are planning your first couch to 5k, working towards a new distance or personal best, or are like me and plan to go for the big Boston Qualifier time this year, these mistakes could be costing you progress, health, or a personal best.

1. Prioritizing Carbohydrates Over Proteins and Fats

It has been drilled into our minds for decades that carbohydrates, carbs, are the ultimate energy source for athletes and physically active individuals because it is a fast processing, fast-burning, and readily available energy source. While this is a true statement, its ability to burn quickly can also be one of the reasons many runners “bonk” during a race. Their body runs out of glycogen, the stored form of carbs, and has nothing left to run on; they run out of energy to keep moving. For many runners, this greatly feared bonk can be the difference between an amazing and awful race.