53 Running Commandments

Stolen from Lauren, because they are awesome (as is she), and because if I talk about myself today, it will be a mixture of whining & navel gazing – and no one wants that.

I’ve made a few comments – bold/italicized.

The 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. – this is so true; and I should probably blow this up & post it everywhere in my house.

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.

6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who’s missing. Unless I’m the one missing, then please wait! 🙂

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. I try to remember my bus pass when running in town; a quarter will do me no good on the trails (I usually have either my debit card or a little cash, though, just in case…sometimes that ‘just in case’ means ‘just in case I have to get some food on the way home.’)

9. Don’t compare yourself to other runners.

10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others. – love this!

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. – I think I need to try this; point-to-point runs are great, but I hardly ever do them.

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. – It’s like Emily says at the end of every yoga class, “in order to be here, all of our basic needs have to be met; we are blessed.” (not an exact quote.)

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. – I wear tank tops to run in AND to the beach. I’m crazy like that.

18. Don’t talk about your running injuries. People don’t want to hear about your sore knee or black toe. – I want to hear about your injuries! For real!

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.

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. – ha!

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. – especially here, am I right Portlanders?

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.

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. – love this.

6 responses to “53 Running Commandments

  1. Love this; may I steal it? I think we need to organize a Portland area bloggy meet-up, what do you think?

    • Since I stole from someone else, there is no way I could not agree to you stealing from me! 🙂

      I am always in favor of bloggy runner meet-ups (especially if I don’t have to be the organizer…)

  2. Love love love. These are so true!!!

  3. Love this! Especially #52.

  4. Hey! It’s definitely fun to see which commandments resonated more with you than me.

    I also just saw the Hood to Coast movie on Thursday night. OMG – it is so beautiful out there in Oregon! I can’t believe that’s where you run most of the time!