The 53 Runner’s Commandments By Joe Kelly

I came across the excellent ’53 Runner’s Commandments’ by Joe Kelly today. Well worth a read!

  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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
  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 shape, or not feeling well
  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
  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

If you are anything like me, you will have read through that list agreeing with most, if not all, of the commandments.