An experienced runner unmistakably identifies a beginner because of a number of differences inherent in beginner athletes. Evaluate yourself from this perspective, even if you have been running for a long time. This will help you understand what you are doing wrong.
Uniforms are not appropriate for the weather
This usually means that the runner is dressed too warm. Perhaps even warmer than the pedestrians.
2. Inappropriate clothing
It could be anything but running gear. For example, uncomfortable hoodies or cotton T-shirts. The most appropriate and functional clothing for running has long been defined and has a separate line of sports equipment.
It’s not about the cost of sneakers, brands, and other sports fetishes. It’s just about the fact that sneakers can be clearly nonrunning, with stiff, thick and heavy soles. They can be fantastically fashionable and insanely expensive, but totally unsuitable for running. Especially for running on asphalt.
4. Unnecessary objects in your hands
Phones, water bottles, jacket, etc. – all this clearly hints that you started running quite recently and did not go into the theory of running at all. This point, of course, does not apply to ultramarathoners and trail runners.
Sometimes even the pros practice with music (although very rarely). But this point is directly related to the previous one, where wires go and dangle from a smartphone clutched in your hand. With advanced runners, even if they are listening to music, you won’t see a smartphone or wires.
6. Running technique
There’s no getting away from this point. Even if you are properly equipped, the equipment will give you away. This is quite a broad concept consisting of many factors, but we can highlight some of the features of beginners that catch your eye the most:
- Foot stomping and shuffling on the pavement
- Excessive torso twisting
- Low elbow angle and no arm work
- Too low step rate (cadence)
- Lack of ease and economy of running
7. Abrupt stops and sudden starts
This may include heavy breathing that accompanies running. It indicates a clear transition to the anaerobic zone.
8. No heart rate monitor
This does not clearly indicate the level of the runner, as elite runners may also not use their sports watches, for example, when fartleking. Some trail runners and other free-versions of running sometimes try to do without gadgets, too. But when there’s no heart rate monitoring for the novice amateur, it’s not the best option.