Throughout my running “career”/ “history” I have practiced what I would refer to as “good habits” regarding running and recovery. Now is not one of those times. I have fallen into some, what I consider to be, running bad habits. I am baring my soul (and soles) here in an attempt to break these habits.
Running Bad Habits
Not Warming up
I rush out to meet my run crew, jump out of my car and start running. No warmup ever takes place unless you count our group selfie sessions. In the wintertime, we are all so cold that we just bolt out and start running. Which leads me to my next bad habit.
Starting out too fast
So I don’t warm up before I start running and then I usually just start at what is probably too fast of a pace. Instead of negative splits on my runs, I often have positive splits. Sometimes I can catch myself doing this, other times I end up needing a walk break mid run.
Not stretching right away
While there have been times in the past that returned from a run and stretched and rolled immediately. Those times are not now. For no reason at all, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of putting off my stretching until later in the day.
Not taking rest days often enough
I used to be religious about taking rest days once a week. Lately, I have found myself doing yoga or taking walks on my rest days. Oops! I do realize I am not some super human who does not need rest days and I really have no excuse at all for this. In fact, I often find myself telling my friends that they need rest days.
So now that I have bared my soles and soul about all of my running bad habits, tell me what’s this mother runner to do? Do you have any of these same bad habits? PS-Some of the above probably explains why I am really struggling with running right now.