There are certain truths that are inescapable for every runner. While these truths include the ever-present risk of chafing and the need for the emergency bathroom stop, there are certain things that are unavoidable for runners. However, while running rules exist for a reason, there are some that need to be broken.
Breaking the Rules: Running with Reckless Abandon
It helps to follow the rules, but certain unspoken running rules should be done away with. The following are a few rules of running that need to be broken now:
- Runners Have to Carbo-Load Before a Long Run
Increasing one’s intake of carbs during the weeks and days before a long run is almost law amongst runners, but is it accurate? While the idea of carbo-loading may make sense in theory, in reality, it can create some gastrointestinal problems, Runners that focus on carbo-loading will likely experience nausea, constipation, diarrhea or bloating before, during or after the run.
- It’s a Bad Idea to Increase One’s Mileage More Than 10% Per Week
In order to run longer distances, runners need to increase their mileage every so often. This is why this 10% rule exists–most runners swear by this rule to avoid any injuries. However, this 10% mileage increase rule isn’t law. Today, many runners are opting for The Daniels Method. This allows runners to increase their mileage every four weeks.
- The More One Runs, the Easier it Gets
Typically, the more often one does something, the easier it gets. With running, this isn’t the case. New runners often believe this as they try to push through the beginning stages of becoming a runner, waiting for the day that it all gets easier. This is why so many runners adopt the mantra “easier but still hard”. While running may feel better the more one does it, it’s still not an “easy” thing to get through.
- Landing Heel-First is Wrong
Ever hear that heel striking is bad? Well, it’s time to rethink this running rule. According to new evidence, whichever way the heel strikes the floor, the body will still absorb the same type of force.
Runners hoping to run longer distances or strengthen their body overall should run without the limitations runners usually place on themselves. While it’s important for runners to stay safe, these common, yet inaccurate “rules of running” can be done away with.