A pre-run ritual can make or break your whole-day training. If you want better workout results, avoid the following six pre-run mistakes as much as possible.
1. Consuming Too Many Carbs
Our body depends on carbohydrates, which is helpful when we jog a lot.
However, too much carb consumption before your scheduled run leads to a spike in your blood sugar. We may get an initial energy jolt, but once our blood sugar starts to crash, there’s a high chance that our energy drops gradually, and we start to become sluggish.
2. Overeating Fiber-Heavy Foods
Fiber may help minimize hunger and stabilize blood sugar levels, but excessively eating fiber-heavy meals before a jog can lead to consequences such as gastrointestinal issues.
Before you start jogging, we recommend eating bananas, oatmeal, or other quickly digestible foods. Encountering stomach issues mid-mile is one abrupt situation you need to avoid.
3. Gulping Too Much or Little Water
Drinking an adequate water volume during pre-runs – not too much, but not too little – is a must. If possible, try to gulp an estimated volume proportionate to your partial body weight (in ounces).
Furthermore, make sure that your urine color is mostly light-yellow.
4. Making Static Stretches
We all know that warm-ups or stretches before the start of any physical training are essential to get our muscles ready for action. Static stretching, though, is a different story.
Avoid holding stretches on still tight and cold muscles for more than 30 seconds because it will likely inflict muscle soreness or, worse, physical injuries.