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.