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5 Running Mistakes To Avoid + Weekly Workouts

My first FULL marathon is in 12 weeks..AHHH!

Training is going very well overall, but last week was a tough one.

You would think after running 3 half marathons I’d have enough running knowledge not to be making rookie training mistakes anymore.

However, last week I made 5 HUGE mistakes and learned some very difficult training lessons.

Here are the 5 hard running lessons I learned last week:

  1. Listen to your body
  2. Invest in new shoes before you start getting pains
  3. Traveling (to Vegas) and training don’t mix
  4. Always clip your toe nails before a  run
  5. Eat to run, don’t run to eat

Now, let’s elaborate on these a little bit more…

Listen To Your Body:

I ran the Hot Chocolate 15k last Sunday and woke up Monday morning with my calves and shins throbbing in pain. Seriously, the pain was so bad I wore my compression socks to work (so attractive I know). 

But, instead of being a smart runner and going home to stretch and ice what did I do? I went running. Only 2 miles into this run I had sharp pains in my shins and my calves were in knots but I was too stubborn to stop and ended up running 8 awful, painful, slow miles.

SO STUPID! I could hardly walk the next day and it took me days of no running at all to recover.

Lesson learned…listen to your body. It’s okay not to stick to your training plan 100% if you’re body isn’t feeling right.


Invest In New Shoes BEFORE You Start Getting Pains:

I was so confused why on earth my legs were so sore after running the Hot Chocolate Run…my legs very rarely get that sore from running.

I thought and thought and thought and eventually just dropped it. Then I saw Kellen at A Cup of Kellen do a Weekly Workout post mentioning that she has just gotten new running shoes.

DUHHHHHHHH! It didn’t even register to me that I hadn’t bought a new pair of running shoes since August (BIG MISTAKE). It’s recommended that after you put about 300-500 miles on a pair of shoes it’s time for a new pair. 

I headed out that same exact day to invest in some new shoes…total game changer. When I did my long run on Friday I had almost no pain in my legs.

Lesson learned…invest in new shoes BEFORE you start getting pains. It’s not a scam that after 500 miles it’s time for a new pair.



Traveling (To Vegas) And Training Don’t Mix:

There was one major positive to my training last week and that was finishing my longest run yet (15 miles)!!!! It’s such an incredible feeling running farther than you ever have before and getting better every week.


After I crushed my 15 mile run Friday morning I immediately got into the car to make the 5+ hour drive from San Diego to Las Vegas. Stupidly I didn’t really stretch and didn’t drink much water so we wouldn’t be stopping every 5 minutes.

About an hour into the drive my legs cramped up so bad I almost couldn’t walk when we made a pit stop a Starbucks.

To add to this whole traveling bit…for me traveling also means a little bit more booze than normal which just completely ruins any hope of a quality workout…oops.

Lesson learned…STRETCH and don’t plan any trips during the most important weeks of your training.


Always Clip Your Toe Nails Before A Run:

There is nothing worse than the feeling of your toe nail digging into the sides of your other toes. This is exactly what happened during my 8 mile run of death on Monday.

I felt my nail stabbing me over and over but there was nothing I could really do when I was 4 miles away from my car. 

The second I got back to my car I took off my shoes and my socks were soaked in blood (NASTY I know). 

Lesson learned…keep your toe nails short when training and the second they get long…CLIP THEM!


Eat To Run, Don’t Run To Eat:

I just love this saying. It makes so much sense and yet I totally ignored it last week.

Boss, I blame you for ordering the Costco bag of Peanut M&M’s…just kidding.

Seriously though, there is so much crap at my work that normally I have no problem ignoring but last week I indulged. By the end of the day my stomach hurt, my head hurt and I was just exhausted (hello sugar crash). 

I honestly thought I was getting sick but after I thought about it this weekend I realized that 50 Peanut M&M’s a day + popcorn + cake probably isn’t the best running fuel.

Lesson learned…If something isn’t going to help me in my training, I’m not touching it!


Weekly Workouts:

So clearly last week was kind of a hot mess. I’m so excited to have absolutely nothing going on this week so I can refocus on marathon training.

I ran 25 miles last week which was a little bit short of my 30 mile goal so we’re going to try for 30 miles again this week.

  • Monday: Run 7 easy miles
  • Tuesday: Yoga
  • Wednesday: 2 easy miles + yoga
  • Thursday: REST
  • Friday: 5 miles of intervals
  • Saturday: yoga
  • Sunday: 16 miles


Your Turn,

What is the hardest lesson you’ve had to learn the hard way during training?

How often do you get new running shoes?

How are you getting your sweat on this week?

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  • Reply Amanda @ Exploring Life & Things March 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Ahh I’ve done all of these things even though I’ve known I shouldn’t. Especially sitting in the car for 1 hour + immediately after finishing a long run. I don’t think my boyfriend has any sympathy for me at all when I complain about being sore:) Haha. I also love your new shoes! I probably buy shoes before an old pair needs to be replaced (because I have a problem with buying running shoes.. haha), but I usually go about 300-400 miles. I wear lightweight shoes (Brooks Pure Flows) so I don’t think those can get as many miles!

    Sorry I feel like I wrote a novel here haha. I agree with everything you said and can relate so much!

    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Haha I love long comments 🙂 Us runners do some crazy stuff for the love of this sport don’t we? By the way I LOVED your playlist you posted the other day!

  • Reply Kellen March 28, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    This is an awesome post and definitely hard things to learn while training! I just got two new pairs of shoes and my feet feel SO much better. I was so dumb running the Hot Chocolate in old shoes — they are the same shoes I ran the marathon in…bad news bears. There was one long run I did in the afternoon before making the drive to Sean’s house — which is only about an hour and a half away — and I brought my ice and roller with me in the car haha. So I totally feel your Vegas struggles! I think one of the biggest challenges I faced while training was being committed and balancing temptations with rewards. I always wanted to celebrate after a long run by indulging in a big meal or grabbing a beer/cocktail but it was so hard to recover after those treats. Eventually, I had to find new rewards like a pedicure or manicure haha.
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      You’re so right about finding new ways to reward yourself. I have my eye on this Lululemon sports bra I am buying for myself once I do my first 20 miler 🙂 I’m so glad your feet are feeling better!

  • Reply Emily @ My Healthyish Life March 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    During my first marathon I learned the hard way about stretching and foam rolling. To be honest, I’m still not the best at doing both but at least I know what I’m getting into now. So important to invest in new shoes! Money well spent.
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Right after I wrote this post I went on Amazon to buy a foam roller! I’m so looking forward to using it after my next run!

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy March 28, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I definitely need to put more of an emphasis on stretching and foam rolling. And listening to our bodies is key – but I think it takes time for most of us to learn, and usually, we learn the hard way!
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      SAME! I’m also so excited to be done after a run I never stretch and have never foam rolled (I just ordered a roller Monday haha).

  • Reply Nicole @ Fitful Focus March 28, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    First of all, CONGRATS on the 15-miler! That’s huge! It’s pretty surreal when you get to that point in training where every long run is the longest run you’ve ever done. Enjoy it!
    In terms of running lessons – I learned to fuel properly the hard way – an injury that left me out of the running game for 4 months! Take in your easily digestible carbs mid run and get in that protein afterwards!
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you so much! That’s great advice. I hope you’re all healed up and back to running!

  • Reply Kristy @ Southern In Law March 28, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    These are DEFINITELY the things to avoid! There’s nothing worse than being injured!

    Way to go on all those miles, girl! xo
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    • Reply Diana Becker March 29, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Thank you so much Kristy! NOTHING worse! I’d hate to put in all this training effort just to end up unable to even run.

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