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A little over three years ago I started running. Not amazing distances or really fast, but a lot greater distances than ever before. Running is great for your health for many reasons and Sweden has had a real runners boom over the last few years. It’s easy to do and, as I wrote, has great health benefits.
But running was not an obvious choice for me. When I was a teenager I played basket and like almost all my team mates I began having knee problems. So, I always assumed long distance running was out. Another thing I imagined was that since I have more explosive muscles, my body was simply not buit for long distance.
Now, it is true that some bodies are more naturally built for long distance and some for shorter and faster distances. However, if we’re not talking competing on a professional level well then that difference is more about how you train than how you’re built.
Anyway, I was sure I would never run more than 3 kilometers – ever. I had tried and failed. So when a close friend of mine, who also used to have knee problems, told me that her new found favourite form of exercise was long distance running and that she thought I should try it too, I laughed. I told her there was no way.
Now, this friend has known me since I was 8 so she knows how to make me curious, so a few weeks later I joined her for my first +3km run, and believe it or not – I’ve grown to love it!
Last September I ran my first half marathon!
There were a few things though I noticed I had been doing wrong, and talking to other beginners I realised I was not alone. Quite the opposite. Most of the beginners I’ve talked to have made the same mistakes. So here they are. Please note that this is out of my own experience and depending on what you want to achieve some of them might not apply to you.
Here are the 5 most common mistakes beginner runner make:
This was just a few tips, but they will really make a difference, I promise!
My very last tip is: Whenever it feels tough – smile! It really helps 🙂
Good luck and if you have more tips, please share them here!
Me after just having finished m second 10 km competition 🙂
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