6 Things To Avoid Before You Run | Common Running Mistakes

Published on February 5th 2018

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Running is a very dynamic and physical sport, so there are a number of things you probably want to avoid just before heading out for a run. We’ve tried these over the years and have learnt the lessons for you, so here are 6 things you shouldn’t do before a run! Subscribe to GTN: http://gtn.io/SubscribetoGTN Check out the GTN Shop: http://gtn.io/6N You wake up starving and just want to get breakfast in! Now, this might seem like an obvious one, but the worst thing you can do is stuff your face full with heavy food just before heading out for a run. It can be surprising how “hungry” you can feel and still go out for a run and feel good once you’re out there. Ideally, try to plan your day so that your eating and runs are at least 1 hour to 90mins apart. And if you have to eat within this time then make sure it is something light like a cereal bar or energy bar. Even though there are lot of fizzy energy drinks out there, they’re not always the best thing to go for just before a run. The carbonation of fizzy drinks it can make you feel really uncomfortable on a run. So, fizzy drinks tend to sit in your stomach longer than still ones and aren’t ingested as quickly. This causes more sloshing around and actually they end up hydrating you less. And on top of that, fizzy drinks can also prevent you from ingesting nutrients from food already in your stomach. So stick to still drinks and don’t drink less than 10 to 15 minutes before a run. Caffeine can be great for sports performance, especially in endurance sports. But the timing of its consumption can be crucial when wanting to avoid mid-run embarrassment! I know this might sound a bit crude but it’s something you should genuinely think about before runs. So, if you have had a quick perk-you-up caffeinated delight, make sure you give yourself at least half an hour or one trip to the toilet before you head out! If you liked this video, don't forget to give it a thumbs up and we would love to hear some of your stories and tips too so leave them in the comments below 👇 If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link 👍 http://gtn.io/6P Music: Epidemic Sound Goofy Clown - Merlean March Of The Ducks 10 - Håkan Eriksson Sunshine Stroll 02 - Håkan Eriksson Watch more on GTN... 📹 GTN's Long Run Training Guide - http://gtn.io/LongRun 📹 5 Pro Triathlon Training Hacks - http://gtn.io/TrainingHacks