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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Runner Commandments

I am finally catching up on some blog posts after being swamped and busy for the last week or so.  The worst part is that the longer I wait to check in my bloggy friends, the longer the list of posts to read gets.  Yesterday morning, the count was almost 200 posts -- and that is just on my Google Reader list of people that I regularly comment on.  It was over 700 posts total in Google Reader that I haven't read.  I'm so sorry, bloggy friends!!!


Anyway, in my catch up, I saw that Jill posted this and I loved it so much that I wanted to repost with my own comments.  (btw, Jill always posts awesome stuff, so if you don't read her blog, you really should).

  1. Don’t be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
    This is the number one rule of my running group.  Nothing bothers me on a run more than constant whining!!!
  2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
  3. Don’t make running your life. Make it part of your life.
  4. During group training runs, don’t let anyone run alone.
    As much as I believe this (and I really, really do), this is SO DIFFICULT for group leaders.  I have been frustrated in the past at trying to find balance between people who have joined my group without really investing the time first in getting base mileage and a base level of fitness with those who have really been training.  So, I would add to this that you must try and run with a group that suits your needs, and often times that means not signing up for marathon or half marathon training until you've gotten more 5Ks and 10Ks under your belt.
  5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
  6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing.
    Lateness is a huge pet peeve that I have.  My group generally follows this rule, but there's another important piece - let your group know if you're going to be late or if you're not going to come at all!!!
  7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
    Probably true.
  8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you’ll need to call for a ride.
    Lol, or carry your cell phone.  Of course, I just got a new smart phone and it's like a brick!!
  9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.
    So hard to do!
  10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
    I love this one!
  11.  Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won’t run.
    This is true, too.  Todd hates it when I'm running after work at home and I don't want to stop and talk to him - I just want to get my clothes on and get out there!  On those days when I stop to do other things, I just get annoyed at how late it is!
  12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
    I've never thought of this, but it's a good idea.
  13.  If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
    This is true.
  14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
    I should do this more often.
  15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
    Gosh, do I know this.  It's so frustrating to me, and it's why I try my best to  not miss any runs.
  16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
    I would say this of scuba diving, but I've still had some pretty bad days running...
  17. Talk like a runner. “Singlets” are worn on warm days. “Tank tops” are worn to the beach.
    YES!  Thank you!
  18.  Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
    It depends.  Of course, as far as blogging goes, anything is fine, but I've seen some overshares elsewhere.
  19. Don’t always run alone.
    I'd agree with this.  I think if you haven't tried running with a group, you haven't experienced some of the best running that is out there.  
  20.  Don’t always run with people.
    I see this mistake a lot.  If you ALWAYS run with a group, you never really learn to run alone.  That's a tragedy, because eventually you'll HAVE to run alone, and it's best to be prepared.
  21.  Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
    Because it does...
  22.  No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
    I've never thought of it that way, but that's true.  Maybe I'll preach this one this year.
  23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you’ll get during racing.
    I'm not even sure what this one means.  There are runs to where you should run hard, and there are runs when you should take it easy.  Know which is which.
  24. Races aren’t just for those who can run fast.
    Thank goodness.
  25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
    True.
  26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn’t feel like running.
    Which is crazy, but true.  I have had some days where I have wanted to do anything other than run with my group, and then I show up and have a great run.  Just go, and you'll find you'll have a great time.
  27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
    I've been on the receiving end of someone bragging when I've had a terrible race, and it's not fun at all.
  28. If you say, “Let’s run this race together,” then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
    Sadly, I have a terrible time running with people during a race.  Therefore, I typically don't volunteer to run with people during a race, or I set expectations right off the bat that I maybe won't stay with them.  I need to work on this, but at the same time, I'm there to race!
  29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
    This is one that I follow (see above)
  30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
    No, running can be boring.
  31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
    Whatevs.  I like to think more like "You will run the next hill better because you ran this one."  Or something.
  32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
    Hm.  I've never had cod liver oil.  And I think you can feel better distance running no matter what!!
  33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
    Change this one to "Use Google if you threw away the instructions to your running watch."  But, honestly, my watch really isn't that hard to use.
  34. Don’t try to outrun dogs.
    ...Dogs?
  35. Don’t trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of shape, or not feeling well.
    I don't get this one either...  I showed up at a 10K hungover.  So what?
  36. Don’t wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won’t run very often.
    Or, perfect weather isn't what you think it is.  Running in the rain or snow is awesome.
  37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started. 
    I need to tell my darling husband this one.  And he'll say "To meet women" and I'll shut up.
  38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
    Eh, I don't need no stinkin' applause.
  39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
    So true.
  40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
    We do this, most of the time.  Again, it can be hard when your slowest runner really shouldn't have signed up for marathon training.
  41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
    This will be the only good thing about turning 40 someday.
  42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
  43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
    My work requires me to sit on the couch sometimes.
  44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
    Yes!
  45. “Winning” means different things to different people.
    Yes!
  46. Unless you make your living as a runner, don’t take running too seriously.
    Eh, running is serious business!
  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.
    Oh gosh, why would I ever say that to someone?  Unless this is an episode of Modern Family.
  49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
    Switch to something other than Ben Gay!  Yuck!
  50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
    True.
  51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
    So true!!
  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.
    More often than I'd like to admit.
I'm off to Indianapolis this weekend for a half marathon, so look for a race report early next week!!

3 comments:

onelittletrigirl said...

Thanks for the plug!

Modern Family is a great show- that episode was hysterical!

lindsay said...

hah. i get behind often too, don't feel bad. real life is more important... but i do appreciate you being a part of my life and accountability crew! :)

this list was so fun both here and on jill's. i need to print it out (still)...

marathonmaiden said...

like lindsay i get behind in blogs. in fact i'm going through a period like that now! i feel sooooooooo bad but i know that everyone understands.

aaaaaaaaand i've always been too scared to be dropped off XX miles away from home and then have to run back. yikes!

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