Runners Commandments

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We see these things all the time….the “rules” and commandments of running.  I came across this one on Facebook and thought it was worth sharing.  Some silly, some so true!

Enjoy 🙂  (oh, and of course i had to put my 2 cents beside some of them)

53 Runners Commandments

1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run. (so true.  even i dread going for a run sometimes….usually when it’s cold…but i’m always glad i did)
3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone. (this one just kind of makes my heart swell.  i have made some of my greatest friendships on the roads, just trying to not run alone)
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing. (ugh, this is so hard to do when so many people are late but, i agree.  it’s nice to start on time!)
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners. (very good one.  biggest mistake we all make.  compare yourself you you.)
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape. (so true.  i read once that for 2 weeks missed, it could take you 8 weeks to catch back up. sounds drastic but, point is, keep moving!)
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach. (“fuel” is eaten on a run and “food” is eaten on your plate.)
18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Don’t always run alone.
20. Don’t always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it. (i LOVE this one!  our quality of life does depend on it!)
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well.
36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often. (couldn’t be more true, especially since Memphis rarely has perfect weather.)
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose. (yes, yes, yes.  we should always have goals whether it’s a new distance, new PR, not to walk, whatever)
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace. (i really like the idea of this but i know several people who would really struggle with this)
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she doesn’t look good in tights. (usually tights look better than shorts anyway!)
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them. (the truest “commandment” on here)
52. Running is simple. Don’t make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run.

Anyway, i enjoyed reading through those.  Just kind of makes you stop and think about what kind of runner you want to be and what kind you are.

Why?

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I had one of those moments today during my run…the “why” moment.  I was coming up on mile 10 or so and thought, “why are you doing all of this?  why are you spending so much time running?”  I wasn’t feeling particularly bad but I also wasn’t feeling particularly good.  This is usually when I start to question myself the most.

Fortunately for me, I had many more miles to contemplate the “why”, as I was just settling in for what would be another 26 mile training run (and 21 for Keith!).  My tendinitis is flaring up again and my “no mans land”, as my massage therapist likes to call it, where the quad connects to the ITBand is currently comprised of “tangled scar tissue” which causes pretty awful knee pain.  My feet are feeling like they have nails going in them.  Miles 15-20 were a decent struggle since that part of the trail was filled with a good bit of sand.

On the flip side though, I finally feel like I have my fueling back in order after several weeks of nauseating runs, Keith joined me after about an hour, the sun was out, I was no longer needing 3 layers of clothing, and, best of all, miles 20-26 were my fastest.  All in all, a pretty awesome run.

Not all runs are this “awesome” though.  For instance, we ran Monday and it was awful.  Seven miles felt like 70….or what I can only assume 70 would feel like.  Shit.  We took a tumble where somehow I managed to do a somersault over Keith’s head and landed facing backwards.  After that, pretty much nothing felt right.  That’s what’s so funny about running.  Some days are epic and some days just plain stink.  Plus, this is the first time in many years that I have done all of my running outside of my group so on top of the running group, work, trying to be a good wife to Keith and mom to Georgia, cooking, blah blah blah, we’ve also been logging somewhere between 10 and 12 hours of running a week for the past several months.  It’s been really tough but rather than “finding the time”, we’ve just made the time.

I definitely had moments of struggle today and veered awfully close to “the dark place” a few times but as quickly as I would almost get there, I would get out.  After lots of contemplation on the “why” today, what I finally came up with is WHY NOT?!