3 Lies That Shouldn’t Stop Your Runs


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Some bodies may seem built for running, but every body can run, regardless of their shapeThere’s a lot of running myths out there…in fact, there are so many, you just may feel like you can’t get off the couch and start training. Well, I’m here—as your Houston running doctor—to debunk those myths and get you pounding the pavement in no time!

Myth #1: Only certain bodies were built for running

Truth: While some physical attributes can help you become a competitive runner—proportionately long legs for distance running and muscular ones for sprinting—anyone can run for fun. Just go at your own pace, carve out a distance that feels good for you, and don’t worry about anything (or anyone) else!

Myth #2: If you’re overweight, you can’t be a runner

Truth: Carrying some extra pounds will put extra pressure on joints, which can elevate the risk of a running injury, but if you work up to a run from a walking routine (and combine your training with a sensible diet) the pounds will come off and your ability to add speed and distance to your training sessions will increase!

Myth #3: Not every runner loves the sport immediately

Truth: So what if, on your first run off the couch, you really, really hate it? That doesn’t mean you always will! True, some runners feel an immediate high when they set off—but some don’t, and that’s ok too. Either way, you still get all the cardiovascular benefits so why not push through and see if you can learn to love (or at least tolerate) the sport?
Dr. Andrew Schneider
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.