Running can be a good, inexpensive way to stay in shape and relieve stress, but not if you’re doing it wrong. Here are 10 running mistakes people didn’t know were making.
Setting unrealistic goals
It’s exciting to start a running routine, but you don’t want to set your sights too high. “Be smart and set the right goals,” says Meghan Kennihan, a certified personal trainer and running coach. Sign up for a fun run or a 5K first, before even thinking about a marathon. “Your goal should simply be to finish,” Kennihan says. “If you push yourself too much, you are dramatically increasing the likelihood of injury and not even seeing the starting line.”