Every runner hopes to avoid injuries and boost fitness and improve health, but whether newbie or pro, all runners are vulnerable to missteps that can dash those goals. Don’t fall prey to hubris.
"Any runner who reads the list of mistakes will agree with every tip the experts offer," says Matt Fitzgerald, author of The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition and sports nutritionist. "But there will be those who believe, with every fiber of their being, that they don't need to follow [the advice] because it just couldn't possibly apply to them." Read on to make sure you're not sabotaging yourself with some of these common running mistakes.