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Avoid the most common running mistakes

Running may seem simple, but there's much more to it than simply lacing your shoes and hopping on the treadmill. In fact, there are a number of common mistakes that runners make, and falling victim to these pitfalls could not only limit the amount you improve but it might also put you at a greater risk of injury, according to Outside Online.

One of the most common mistakes runners make is going too hard when they should be taking a day off. Recovery days are crucial, and you should make sure you take it easy when you are supposed to. Pushing yourself on what is supposed to be a long, slow jog might seem like a good idea but it could hinder your training. 

"Subjectively, you should be able to carry on a conversation without having to stop and take a breath," running coach Dr. Jason Karp told the website. "You should finish the run feeling like you could've gone a lot longer."

Some mistakes come after you've stopped running, including not refueling properly. Even though you may not feel hungry, it's important to eat within 45 minutes because that's when the body is absorbing nutrients the best. This goes for any activity, according to the National Council on Strength and Fitness. Whether you're playing tennis, golf or basketball, you should take in a carbohydrates and protein in a three-to-one ratio after working out. 

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