MISTAKE: Pushing Yourself Too Hard
Sure, it will get you to the finish line faster, but speed work isn’t always your friend. Pushing too hard out on your runs, too frequently, can lead to overuse injuries like shin splints, stress fractures, and sprains. After a grueling workout, give your body a break in order to come back strong. If you’re new to running, build a foundation of cardiovascular and biomechanical fitness through a run-walk program.
FIX: Create Flow
Weave together hard and easy days to get the most out of your workout. Follow a challenging workout with a lighter day at the gym. If you do rigorous interval workout today, following it up with another challenging workout slows down recovery in the adaptation phase. Not sure about your current effort level? Just breathe. “Your breath is the number one thing you can tune into that will tell you how hard or easy you’re working out,” says Hadfield.