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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The 53 Runner's Commandments

This was uploaded by one of the runners at our Facebook Group.  Just wanted to share it with you.  I'm sure you agree with most (if not all) of them. =)

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 share, 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.

By Joe Kelly
My favorite is number 3 and 46!

Which ones are yours?
Is there anything else you would like to add to these commandments?


30 Days of Thanks (Day 9)

I am thankful for being able to wake up each morning and having a chance to make the most out of a brand new day! Every day gives us the opportunity to start fresh, to set new goals, to make new choices for our lives, to be a friend, to be a blessing, to encourage someone, and to take time to care.  Let's make our words heal, and not wound.



  1. I love it! Great list and I'm going to share it in my blog one of these days because it's got something for all runners...

    I love #10, #13, #39.

  2. lists like this are always fun! my faves are 11, 26, 42, and 45.

  3. 52 and 53 are awesome.

    I don't agree with #39. Some people run simply to run. No goals needed....and I rarely call my running, training. Training is work, running is fun.

  4. LOVE THIS! Thanks for posting :)

  5. "53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn’t come until the end of the run."

    LOVE that one. So so so true :-)

  6. I love this. awesome.

    Love #9

    #29---. well I'll just say --- most agreed.

  7. Love #22 - no matter how slow you run, you're faster than someone sitting on a couch.

  8. ha! this is great, I love #'s 9, 10 and 46!

  9. Love this!
    But I disagree with 38. I think it's great to run with much older/younger runners. Just pretend the applause is for you!

    And for me hills are a great opportunity to swear.

  10. 22 and 24 struck me today but these are all great rules.

  11. Don't assume you can easily run a marathon in exactly double the time of your half marathon.

  12. I love #14. We should all be thankful our body allows us to run and that we're healthy enough to run. I also like that the list is slow runner friendly. :)

  13. #33 - I have a Garmin Forerunner 405

  14. Great list! A lot of these are wonderful, but #14 stuck out to me.

  15. I love this list! So many are great, but #22 really resounded with me. I will have to link this post on my blog. :)

  16. Love that I found your blog! I'm excited to catch up with you when I get a chance...your blog is great from what I've seen already. I love this post! I like many or most of them but 9, 19, 29, and 49 are some of my favorites. I prefer to run alone but I also like the part that says don't always run alone...I think other runners can help make us better runners!

  17. #2 & %46 resonate best with me

  18. Thank you so much for your comments and for joining my blog! You are my 32nd follower/friend on my 32nd birthday (my blog goal for today!). I will have to include you in my blog tonight for sure. :) Looking forward to connecting with you.

  19. Great list! Love it!! I can't decide which ones I like best...there's too many good ones!

  20. Without goals, training has no meaning. That is mine! Wow, this is the best thing I have read all day! I love it, great post and girl I am so jealous you are in Cali!!

  21. I love them all but really like 32 and 53. Thanks for sharing!

  22. What a GREAT list. I liked WAY too many to name just one or two :-)


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