Running Myths and Agghh the Stress!!!

Sorry for the late post today! A crazy amount assignments were dumped on me, so I spent my journalism period doing homework rather than writing my blog! WAHOO!!! (It may seem like I never do work in Journalism. Trust me I do! It’s just not a lot ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

I came across another one of those running lists on Facebook. I absolutely love the Run Haven page! It’s funny to me how similarly all runners think, I can relate to everything they post.

This particular post was about running myths. There are so many misconceptions when it comes to running. Who knew that it could be such a controversial sport??

Here are just a few of the myths:

You should stretch before you run.

Believe it or not, it is said that stretching before a run can actually be detrimental to your performance. If you stretch beforehand, you are more likely to pull a muscle since your body isn’t warmed up yet. It’s best to stretch either after a warmup or after your run completely.

Youโ€™re not a runner unless you run a set pace (or distance).

The only qualification you need to be considered a runner is that you actually go outside and run! The distance, pace, terrain, none of it matters! Even if all you can do is a slow trot, it’s still running! And you’re doing a lot more than that person sitting on the couch eating potato chips!

Runners donโ€™t need to strength train.

WRONG! Strength training is a crucial part of any successful training plan. It makes for an amazing cross training exercise: it helps with injury prevention and strengthens your muscles in different ways. Ever since I’ve included a lot more strength training in my workout routine, I’ve noticed that the hills have become easier and my pace has naturally become faster!

Taking a few days off will hurt your fitness.

Runners, including myself, tend to freak out when we have to miss a day or two on the training plan. We think that this time off will ruin our pace and our lives will be OVER! Not true. If you’ve been running consistently for a while, you’ve built up a solid base. And this base takes several weeks of inactivity to destroy.

And finally (the best one of all):

Runners can eat anything they want.

Sadly, this is false. Sure, we burn tons of calories so overindulging here and there won’t hurt us. But, if it becomes a habit, then we’re in trouble. An entire pizza for a post 2 miler snack is overdoing it, and it will show! Also, us runners have to nourish our bodies with nutritious foods in order to reach our best performance!ย 

You can view the entire article here.

In other news, today is the HOMESKILLET’S BIRTHDAY!! Everyone say HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACQUELINE!

She’s the most awesome friend anyone could ask for. She can be a pain sometimes, but I keep her around ๐Ÿ˜‰

As the title suggests, today has been stresssssssful! So many packets of worksheets! Luckily I’ve got it mostly under control and have been resisting procrastination!

I did have a reassuring meeting with my counselor though! She said my SAT scores are pretty darn competitive for SDSU! She even said that retaking it wouldn’t hurt, but might be unnecessary! That takes a huge load off of my shoulders!

All remaining stress was released with some BodyPump! I increased my squat weight and might be regretting it in the morning.

How about you?

  • What are some running myths you can think of?
  • Tell me about your day! Hopefully it was as stress free as possible! ๐Ÿ™‚

2 thoughts on “Running Myths and Agghh the Stress!!!

  1. sigh..I wish we could eat whatever and all we wanted.. myth sadly.
    I love run haven also, and I always read their posts. Ha my facebook is full of running stuff also : p
    Running myth.. running causes knee problems.! nooope only if you increase mileage too quickly. but I always hear this excuse for not running

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    1. I know right! I wish I could stuff my face with all the carbs I could fit! Only in moderation though ๐Ÿ™‚

      And that knee myth is a big one! I’ve even heard that running is good for your knees! As long as you follow that 10% rule, you’re golden.

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