Increasing mileage too quickly
If you’re new to running, you’re more likely to get injured because you haven’t properly trained your body. This can easily lead to various overuse injuries, which can put you out of action for a while.
We often have a goal to run a certain distance, but you can’t go from zero to hero. Learn to respect your body and remind yourself that there is enjoyment in the process, rather than just the result.
Every time you hit a new distance or manage to achieve training consistency throughout the week, remember to celebrate. Don’t just think about how you haven’t hit your end goal yet – the quality of your sessions is more important than the mileage and small steps really do matter.
I recommend following an incremental training programme. If you have a goal in mind, give yourself a realistic timeframe to achieve it. Consider the other commitments and sources of stress in your life. If you need help, speak to a coach, connect with a running group, or speak to your friends that run, then create a formula that works for you.