Posted by: Run For Life | 5 March, 2009

Pummel those inner demons!

This week’s TIART topic: Common mistakes and cardinal sins of running. What are some of the most common mistakes you make with your running?  Why?  What did you learn from them?  And of all your mistakes, which ones have you vowed to never to again and would urge other runners to avoid this most evil pitfall.

I don’t normally blog about this topic because I like to try to focus on the positive aspects of my running.  In fact, if you’ve read my marathon report, you’d think everything went fairly well despite a side stitch.  The reality though is that I did everything wrong that you could have done.  Seriously.  As a result, I wasn’t even close to my goal.  I did complete the 26.2 miles but in my head I failed my mission.  We won’t delve into that today though. 😉

With my day to day running I’d say my most common pitfall is not believing in myself,  “I have WHAT on schedule today?! I cannot possibly do THAT!!!” or “I have HOW much longer to go?”  You simply won’t get anywhere if you do not challenge yourself. So shut out the negative voices, the pain* and anything else that’s preventing you from completing your workout and prove them wrong.  The more you do this the easier it will get to battle them the next time they show up.  From doing this, I learned that really I am capable of much more than I give myself credit for.  So I use that to fuel my fire because without those lows you would not appreciate the highs.  I do not doubt that I will be able to reach my potential as long as I stay focused and work for it.

That being said, the one thing I have vowed to never do again is go against what my gut tells me.  Trust your body, your training, and what’s worked for you in the past.  Listen to what it says and you’ll be in fantastic running form!

*the “good” type of pain, of course.  When in “bad” pain you better stop or you’re risking injury.

This wasn’t working earlier so I’m trying again.  It’s a good running song and goes well with the post…one cheese factor point for me!:

Sidenote: If you commented on my last post I put a response in to answer some things.


  1. I go through the same self-doubt as well. Fortunately I manage to get out there & give it a try, then come back pleasantly surprised that I actually got it done!

  2. That’s we all need plans right? To push us to that extra few miles.

  3. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language 😉
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

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