We get asked a lot of questions about running and we know a lot of you out there are either new to running or are a little intimidated by the distances that we do. We are going to put the myths to rest right here, right now.
To truly complete a distance, you have the run the whole time.
Completely false. In all honesty, it’s safe to say that more often than not, we in fact don’t run the whole time. Especially being trail runners, we almost always power hike the hills (unless we are doing specific hill training). When you are working towards the first time doing a distance, it is absolutely okay to walk during your long runs. In fact, taking walk breaks actually helps you build up strength and endurance to be able to conquer those longer distances you may not have ran before.
Yes and no. Pace matters for those who want to focus on their pace and go towards a PR. But this is not for everyone. You don’t have to run fast to be a runner. You can get out there, run your race your pace and still complete your goal, get a medal and celebrate. Running isn’t a sport just for the quick. Wherever you are in the pace world is what matters. If you want to get faster, then you can work specifically towards that, but if not, that is perfectly okay too!
You have to run everyday.
False. Running every day is not necessary; in fact it can be harmful and lead to overtraining, burnout and injury. Instead, incorporate cross-training (i.e., swimming, biking, elliptical machine, rowing) into your routine. We recommend taking at least one to two days off from training a week and they don’t have to be complete rest days but days for cross training.
Mileage is all that matters.
Totally, completely false. Many runners are only concerned with their weekly mileage and think that’s the measure of a true runner. However, what you do with those miles is more important than the actual number of miles that you run. Running 6 miles a day at the same pace five days a week is fine, but if you want to improve your performance, switch it up with tempo runs, hill training and speed work and stick to one to two long runs a week. Varying the intensity and the mileage during your workouts will help you improve more than running the same pace and distance every day.
To be a good runner, you just have to run.
False. Strength training is an integral part of any runners training regime. Not only will it make you stronger and faster, it will also help prevent injuries. Core strength is absolutely imperative to a lasting running career as everything comes from the core. Try incorporating strength training 2 times a week into your schedule.
There is a certain type of “runner body”.
False. Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be skinny, or long legged to be a runner. You can be you, however you are. It doesn’t matter how you look, or if you have a bit more to love… if you get out and run, you are a runner, plain and simple.
You have to run far.
False. Just because we are running ultra marathons, or your neighbour is, or even your best friend doesn’t mean you have to. Everyone is on their own unique running journey and everyone is different. Even between the three of us we are different in the distances we like to run. For example Courtney runs slower and her body takes a while to warm up so she has found that the longer the better for her. Hailey prefers to run fast and the max distance she wants to go right now is 50km. It doesn’t matter how far you run, what matters is that you are out there doing what you love and enjoying it.