It’s Tuesday and I am linking up with Kookyrunner and Zenaida for Tuesday Topics. Today we’re talking about funny fitness + running myths. You know, the things you hear about fitness and working out that people believe but are not true. Let’s hear a few of them.
“Sport ist Mord” (sport is murder).
In German, people (who don’t work out) usually say “Sport ist Mord” (sport is murder) to justify their aversion to moving their bodies. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard, because regularly moving your body will actually help you to stay fit and healthy well into older age!
Runners don’t walk.
Well, actually, they do. And they should. And there is no shame in taking walking breaks. There, I said it. Even more experienced runners walk. In fact, marathon runners can improve their times by an average of 13-plus minutes if they walk-run, and half marathoners are on average seven minutes faster if they walk-run rather than run the whole way, according to Olympian Jeff Galloway. Who knew!
More is always better.
I know this all too well, that feeling of more, more, more: more miles, faster paces, more running days per week. But this is not what running is about (unless you’re in a specific training cycle and are preparing for a race, of course). Consistency and variety is key to your successful running career, but slower paces have their place. So do low mileage and rest days.
Running is supposed to be hard.
No, it’s not. Of course, running is a more intense activity than, let’s say, walking and when you just start out, running may feel hard, but it’s not supposed to be torture. In fact, many of your runs should be ‘easy runs’ at a low, comfortable intensity where you feel good and that make you want to run “forever”. If every run feels hard, chances are, you’re starting out too fast and you need to slow down.
If you want to run fast on race day, you have to run as fast as you can every day of your training.
Haha, ahm, no. That’s the LAST thing you want to do. Speed work is important to get to faster paces, but if you run fast every day of your training, you’ll crash and burn on race day.
If you don’t sweat, you’re not working hard enough.
Listen, I love a good sweat and definitely feel like I “accomplished” more when I am soaking wet after a training session, but sweat rate is highly personal and not every effective training will leave you in a puddle. That’s ok. It doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard enough.
Running is boring.
I’d like to politely disagree. I do my best thinking when I run. I can listen to music and podcasts. I also try to pick running routes that make me want to get out the door. This is a bullshit excuse not to run. ;)
What’s one fitness myth you find particularly funny?