18 April 2011

Rules to run by

Great article on Runner's World, "A few rules to run by".  There is some great information here for all runners.  There were times I was audibly laughing out loud at some of these.  So here are some of my highlights, in no specific order:

Red lights (page 2)
For Pete's Sake, Stand Still at Red LightsSharks die when they stop moving. Runners do not. Keep this in mind next time you encounter a don't walk sign at a busy intersection. There's no need to jog in place or dance from foot to foot like you have to pee. Just chill. Wait a few moments. Note: If a nonrunner waiting with you at the crosswalk is dancing from foot to foot, he or she may indeed have to pee. Give this person wide berth.
Running rules of thumb (page 2) 
Running Rules of Thumb
1. If you see a porta potty with no line, use it. Even if you don't need to.2. If you have to ask yourself, Does this driver see me? The answer is no.3. If you have to ask yourself, Are these shorts too short? The answer is yes.4. 1 glazed doughnut = 2 miles5. You rarely regret the runs you do; you almost always regret the runs you skip.6. Not everyone who looks fast really is, and not everyone who looks slow really is.7. Nobody has ever watched Chariots of Fire from beginning to end. Not even the people who made it.8. You can never have too many safety pins on your gym bag.9. Running any given route in the rain makes you feel 50 percent more hard-core than covering the same route on a sunny day.10. If you care even a little about being called a jogger versus a runner, you're a runner.
Thank a volunteer (page 3)
Never Miss a Chance To Thank a VolunteerEven if you're running the race of your life, you can still manage a bit of eye contact and a nod as you grab a cup of water from an outstretched hand. Even if it feels like your quads are quite literally on fire, you can manage to sputter a short "thanks" to the course marshal standing in the intersection. It will make the volunteer feel good. And you, too.


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