7 Bad Habits Runners have to Break
Magbago na tayo, bes. Be a smarter, healthier runner this year (and beyond!) by breaking these habits that hinder you from being the best you can be.
#1 Not getting enough sleep.
You have a scheduled race/long run on a Saturday morning and you still party on a Friday night. Lack of sleep can affect your mental focus, immune system, and recovery time. Your performance will ultimately be compromised.
#2 Running too much, too soon.
If you just came from an injury or are a newbie runner thinking about running a half marathon (!) anytime soon, perhaps you should consider taking it easy. Give yourself time to get into the groove of things. Races will always be there.
#3 Not getting the proper nutrition.
Many runners reward themselves after a run with a big, unhealthy meals. Maximize the benefits of your workout by eating smart.
#4 Taking skin care for granted.
Whether it’s just for 20 minutes or a grueling 4 hours, better apply sunblock before heading out for a run. Being a bad-ass runner means your skin looks healthy and radiant, too.
#5 Ignoring pain or discomfort until it’s too late.
A lot of runners ignore aches and pains or self-medicate, not realizing that it could lead to something serious. If the discomfort lingers for three days or more, it’s best to consult a doctor.
#6 Not pacing.
Don’t be gigil to finish a race only to lose steam towards the end because you didn’t run according to your pace. Stick to your race plan; patience and consistency are important for a strong race finish.
#7 Skipping stretching after a run.
Stretching loosens muscles post-run and helps prevent injury.
So, what bad habits are you breaking this year?