Go ahead and curse me if you want, but I’m calling you out for what you are. An idiot.
Alright fine, it’s possible you aren’t as dumb as I think you are, but there’s a high probability that if you aren’t acting like an idiot now, you have the past or you will start acting like one in the near future.
Kind of depressing, right? It’s tough being an idiot.
I know I run like an idiot all the time. I’ll go through months of acting exactly how I shouldn’t. Blaming injuries on the wrong cause (me), avoiding workouts when I need them most, and pretending I’m a better runner than I am at that moment.
It’s easy to do because it feels terrible looking at yourself critically.
That’s why we quit, and that’s why we are totally dumbfounded when we don’t reach our goals.
Now, I hope you understand I’m not trying to be mean, I’m just trying to help you out. You’re welcome. I’m also trying to help myself out.
It’s time we quit running like idiots.
4 Idiot Moves and How to Correct Them
The first step to idiot runner recovery is admitting you have a problem. The second step is figuring out what you can do to fix that problem.
Let’s get right to it. Stop doing these 4 things, and you’ll run a lot less like an idiot:
1) Stop trying to do it on your own. For the most part running is a solo sport, but trying to train and get stronger on your own is one of the biggest mistakes a runner can make. Whether you’re training for a 5k or a 50k, working with others is one of the best ways to keep you motivated and get stronger.
- Social pressure is a must for many runners. Find a local running group, like the Rock Creek Runners, that meets regularly for group runs.
- Take advantage of training groups for upcoming local races, and utilize pace groups if the race offers them.
- Find a coach. They aren’t just for the pros anymore. If one-on-one is too expensive, find online coaching groups, like the steller Run Your BQ which I use myself.
- Find an online community forum or podcast that fits your needs, and stalk the numerous running blogs providing a web-based community full of free and powerful training advice.
2) Stop injuring yourself. Seems like a no brainer, but chances are that injury didn’t come from the new shoes or tough workout with the running club. You almost certainly injured yourself, so quit being an idiot and start making a few simple adjustments.
- Ditch the road and start running trails more often.
- Make the simple adjustments that promise to pull you out of the injury cycle.
- Figure out exactly where you fall on this whole minimalist/extra cushioning debate and run with it. After all, running shoes aren’t one size fits all, and that doesn’t only apply to length and width.
- Don’t be too stubborn to try new things like foam rolling or compression socks to help speed recovery.
3) Stop making excuses. Enough already! We get it. You’re busy, tired, and don’t always find running fun. Stop with the excuses and get out there!
- Try new techniques to get out of a workout rut.
- Don’t just train your body, train your brain to be tough when you really need it.
- Start believing in yourself and ditch the negativity.
- Find your endless motivation. It’s out there somewhere, I promise.
4) Stop avoiding tough workouts. Sometimes you love them, most of the time you hate them. Like it or not, tough workouts are key for any successful runner. It’s time to quit logging only idiot junk miles and tackle those tough workouts full steam.
- Attack the hills with regular hill workouts. You’ll find they do a lot more for your running than just train you for hills.
- Build full body strength by adding non-running core strength training to your routine.
- Ramp it up with properly planned high mileage training.
- Do your speed work. It will kick your ass, and that is a good thing.
The light at the End of the Idiot Tunnel
See, I told you it wasn’t too bad.
Dropping the idiot habits and raising your runner IQ doesn’t have to be hard.
I’m willing to be that for most of your biggest blunders, you already know how to correct. So the next time you lace up those shoes, use your head and stop making the mistakes that make you run like an idiot.
The tunnel is shorter than you think, now go run after that light.