Who’s Advice is GOOD Advice?

I do a fair amount of running.  I’ve been running a few years or so.  I run even though I have a few challenges.  I’ve run a few marathons.  I’ve had injuries from which I’ve recovered.  I’ve avoided other kinds of injuries.  I’ve lost weight while running.  I’ve gained weight while running.  I’ve run through pain.  I’ve taken a seat from running because of pain.

Would you take MY advice about running related issues?  This has been on my mind for little bit, so I thought I’d write about it.

What qualifications does a person need to offer advice that you would take?  Do you take their advice because they look the way you’d like to look or they can run a distance or speed that you’re aspiring to run?

Should you only take advice from someone who has done some structured study of the subject and got a certification or degree?

For me, it really depends on how serious the issue.  If I’d like an opinion about what flavor GU I should try, any old advice is fine.  If I don’t like it, I’ve wasted $2.  On the other hand, if I am struggling with my entire running/training program, is it good enough that the advice is from someone who’s run a few races?  Do I need the advice of a run coach or can my friend who ran a half marathon be enough help?

What if I am hurting?  Should I listen to layman advice to take a warm or ice bath, ice it, try some Chondroitin, take an Aleve?   It is my opinion that if my health could suffer, seek advice from a professional.

Here is my big question:  What do you do when you hear advice that you think is just wrong?  Do you offer your opinion as an alternative?

There is a LOT of science behind running form, training, nutrition, recovery, rest, etc.  I think we should ALL take a few breaths to consider whether we’re qualified to offer up advice to those with less experience that we have.  (I’m not saying that I have a lot of experience….)  I’m going to take my own advice and defer to those who know best.

If you want to know my opinion about some GU, a bra, or what I think about some other ‘not so crucial’ aspect of running, I’m your girl!


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