More than 6 million Americans participated in 5K races last year and more are expected to join in this year, according to Running USA. Whether it’s for fitness or charity, the first run or the last, a few simple mistakes in preparation can leave those who are doing good feeling pretty bad. To put your best foot forward, avoid these three running faux pas.
Skip a stride.
Proper training is essential to succeed in any run. If you’re new to the game, start by developing a plan, one that lets you walk before you run. To help prevent sore muscles and injuries, alternate cold and hot temperatures to major muscles as part of your warm-up and cool-down routine. New technology such as Wahl’s Hot-Cold Massage Gel Pack provides three muscle management treatments in one. Use heat before runs to get your blood flowing and loosen up those tight muscles, ligaments and tendons. Afterwards, apply cold therapy to help alleviate soreness and swelling.
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