Common Running Myths

In only a few short weeks (four) 416 Endurance will finally start!

At first, running may seem difficult or uncomfortable; or for some it may come naturally and easy. Whichever way you feel, proper form and technique can go a long way in improving you running ability. 

It’s quite common for us to get asked questions about running myths. Some people ask if running will make people have “thunder thighs” (no!), or if eating a banana the night before will actually stop you from cramping when you run (sorry BananaWOD, this one is false).

We have debunked a few running myths you should know about:

 1.  You have to run every day and mileage is all that matters

Too much mileage and not enough recovery can cause cumulative fatigue and result in injury. Runners don’t have to run 26 km before a 26 km race. Yes, mileage is important but not in excess. Running intervals and trying to reach lactate threshold will help push your body and challenge your ability each time and every time as you reach new goals. A variety of different workouts and intensity levels will allow for greater performance.  

2. Running injures your knees

We have all heard it. But guess what – There is no scientific evidence that regular running damages knees. Runners don’t get arthritis in their knees more often than non-runners. Running issues are often caused by tight glutes and tight calf muscles.   However running with improper form can lead to many issues such as knee or ankle disaffection.

3. Running is a natural movement, not a skill

Running is highly technical. From the stride, arms, foot strike to sprinting and block starts—It all takes practice.  Practice and direction in learning these skills will prepare you to become a more efficient runner.

Now that we’ve set the record straight get ready for the next post where we will explain common running terminology!  Now watch these puppies run on a treadmill

Don’t forget to sign up for the first eight week program of Endurance here and feel free to ask me any questions in the box or email at endurance@crossfit416.ca