Myth Busting: Challenging 3 Common Training Assumptions

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Following blind assumptions that aren’t based in physiological reality can hamper recovery and lead to injury or burnout. 

I spend a lot of time interacting with my own community of runners, answering training questions, and participating in message boards. Amongst these discussions, I’ve heard almost every running myth and training falsehood you could imagine. In my experience, the training myths that are often the most difficult to fight are those based on assumptions that seem to make sense because of how runners feel during training, but aren’t grounded in physiological realities.

Let’s examine three of the most common training myths many runners believe are true, but can often hamper recovery and lead to injury or burnout.

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