5 common mistakes runners make

and how to avoid them

The Nomad Athlete
3 min readMay 20


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Are you ready to lace up your running shoes and embark on a journey to better health and athletic achievement? Running is undoubtedly one of the most accessible and effective ways to boost your fitness level and embrace an active lifestyle.

In this article, we’ll explore five common mistakes that runners often make, hindering their progress and leaving them feeling frustrated or demotivated.

So, if you’re ready to fine-tune your running technique, optimize your training regimen, and unlock your true potential as a runner, let’s dive in and uncover the common pitfalls that may be holding you back.

1. Neglecting Proper Warm-Up and Cool-Down

One of the most frequent mistakes runners make is skipping the warm-up and cool-down routines. Neglecting these essential components can increase the risk of muscle strain, cramps, and other injuries. To avoid this, allocate time for dynamic stretching, light jogging, or exercises that engage the major muscle groups before starting your run. Likewise, after completing your run, cool down by gradually reducing your pace and incorporating static stretches to promote muscle recovery and flexibility.

2. Overtraining and Ignoring Rest Days

Many runners become overenthusiastic and push themselves too hard without allowing their bodies sufficient time to recover. Overtraining can lead to fatigue, decreased performance, and even injuries like stress fractures. Incorporating rest days into your training schedule is vital for optimal recovery and injury prevention. Listen to your body and respect its need for rest. Consider cross-training on rest days to engage in different activities that complement your running routine without placing excessive strain on your muscles.

3. Running too fast

Many runners run too fast, especially when starting out. Running in the higher heart rate zones for long periods of time easily leads to things mentioned in the previous mistake. Neither does it make you faster or improve your fitness as much as running slower. A good rule of thumb is to keep 80% of your running in zone 2(if you don’t own a heart-rate watch…



The Nomad Athlete

Endurance athlete, digital nomad, nerd. Just a normal guy trying to figure out fitness, business, and life.