Runners Commandments

The Runners Commandments

I stumbled across The Blue-Eyed Runner‘s post on  Joe Kelly’s Commandments.  I thought I should post it on here to humor remind myself
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. (MUST REMEMBER THIS)

3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.

4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.

5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself. (This is very important, applies to LIFE as well)

6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.

7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times. (Yes, stop bragging, braggers)

8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride. (Hello, cell phones?- change to remember to charge one’s cell phone)

9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.

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. (I actually like running in the evening, sometimes morning runs makes me tired for the entire day)

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. (This is never more clear than after an injury!)

15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.

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. (Okay, I’ve never heard of Singlets, I have to google it, and no, I’m not wearing these, I stick with my lululemon tops)

18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe. (Untrue in the blog world- we don’t mind!)

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.

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. (Not sure if I agree to this, i have a hard time running a race with someone, I hate to be slowing someone down)

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. (And don’t say that the only reason you cannot run is because it’s boring, you haven’t even try yet)

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. (I use runkeeper, no need to worry about this)

34. Don’t try to outrun dogs. (Or pet them during a race)

35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of share, or not feeling well. (Don’t they all say that?)

36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.

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.

40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.

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.

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. (OMG, do I know this!!!)

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.  (Sometimes? Its like always to me!)

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