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Tell Me Tuesday: 10 or So Commandments of Running

I don't know who said this, but I agree 100%.
I don't know who said this, but Amen.
  1. Like getting married, having a kid, or changing a job, there is no perfect time to start running—or to even just go for a run. The sports bra doesn’t hook itself, the shoes don’t walk themselves to you, the door doesn’t magically open to let you know that this.exact.moment is the perfect time to go.

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    If you're looking for a sign, here she is. Now go.
  2. There is an important difference between good enough and good. Make the former your baseline goal for every outing, and enjoy the good—and delicious—runs when they decide to grace you with their magical powers.
  3. Running is never easy. But it definitely gets easier.89994620061
  4. There is very deep, direct relationship between how many excuses you’re making not to run and how much you truly need to simply just go.
  5. Similarly, there is a very deep, direct relationship between how much you're dreading a tough, can-I-hack-it? workout and the elation you feel after not just hacking it, but slaying that thing.
  6. Run a distance that feels exciting and right for you; you're a runner whether your normal run is 2 miles or 12. If the marathon seems like a big drag, the training will be one on your body and mind.
  7. There will always be another race to enter, but you will only have one body with which to run. Do your best to not be short-sighted.
  8. Thank your body, your mind, your mojo as you line up at every starting line and cross every finish line, regardless of how the race went. Whether it’s your first race or your fiftieth, put good running karma in the world by acknowledging that you get to do something many people, whether they’re sick, injured, or simply not in an accommodating life position, will never do.
  9. Nobody cares about your finishing times but you.
  10. Helping a friend cross her first finish line at a new-to-her distance will always trump crossing the finish line of familiar-to-you distance, no matter what the time on the clock reads.
  11. The exhausted patina that accompanies an early morning run is actually the perfect tool to help you cope with the annoying, minor afternoon hiccups thrown at you from kids, work, life. You simply don't have the energy to care.

    Love, love, love. Did I mention I LOVE this?
    Love, love, love. Did I mention I LOVE this?
  12. More than any other sport, running has the ability to truly change your life. You can run away from depression, bad relationships, negative body images, frustration, anger and anything else that gets filed in the "con" column. You can run towards confidence, happiness, peace, patience, strength, contentment and optimism. All at a pace that makes sense for you.

 What commandments do you have?  

36 responses to “Tell Me Tuesday: 10 or So Commandments of Running

  1. I love these! I’m printing out and posting the note from Running assuring me she won’t kill me. As a science teacher, numbers 4 and 5 are bothering me a bit, though. The MORE excuses you make, the MORE you need to run, yes? And, the MORE you are dreading a run, the MORE elation you will feel when you get it done, right? Those are not inverse relationships, but DIRECT relationships. You know, just to be scientifically accurate and give your commandments maximum impact. Love you ladies.

  2. Love this!

    #12 is probably my number one reason for running; it helps to keep at bay the negative thoughts, body image issues, and depression/anxiety that can creep into my life.

  3. I love this so much. I immediately forwarded it to my friend that has just started running. Thought of her “This is the day” and “You are not going to die”. Running is so tough sometimes, especially when you first start, or are coming back from an injury. This is a good reminder for all of us of some basic running “rules” and guidelines. Thanks for posting this!

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Definitely different truths for various days/parts of the week…Today, I am so into #3 with running and any core workouts. I hear Jillian Michaels saying, “You’re not going to die” in her videos and pounding that in, truly helps me be and push more. Today I did some treadmill speed work and played back “You have more to give.” Sorry, I am still on a runner’s high right now…first negative split all the way down to 8:49 for me in a loooooong time.

  5. I loved getting up early to run this morning and seeing this post before I ran out the door. #5…woooo, that one’s definitely mine lately. But thankfully, I stick by my other rule, which is: Do not ever bail on a tough run, because you your BRF will be out there. Waiting for you. And you don’t bail on your BRF. 😀

  6. I love #9! – Nobody cares about your finishing times but you. (I need to remember this!)

    A bad run (especially if it’s with a good friend) is better than lying in bed thinking you should have gotten up to run.

  7. Ashamed, I salute you! You are brave and strong and I wish you many many happy, healthy miles!
    I was a smoker for almost 20 years. My children begged me to quit, so I finally made up my mind that I didn’t need them. My son was on the cross country team at the time, and was such an inspiration to me. I admired the way he and his teammates encouraged each other and offered constant support, from the fasted to the slowest. I decided to trade my bad habit for a good one, and running became my new way of life. That will be 4 years ago on March 2nd. I just ran my first marathon in November and finished strong, smiling and feeling like a champion. My commandment would be: To get the most out of running, make it your new way of life.

  8. I have a personal friend who is battling cancer. On days when I do not feel like going for a run either because I’m tired, busy, the weather isn’t “perfect” or I don’t have time I remember this friend. She doesn’t have the luxury of being able to make these excuses and I get off my butt and get out there. And when I don’t feel like I can run another mile I remember her and if she can get up every day and deal with what she has to deal with then I can run that extra mile. Running, life, everything is perspective!!

  9. Love this post! I say that running saved my life. I am less depressed, can get through the trying times, and keep more focused. I can’t imagine being without it now. Even though, each time I get out there it’s hard. I’m slow, but I say I never give up. That has to count for something.

  10. Don’t think just go! Do it for you! – I woke to a dark house this morning to get my workout on and found this post in my in box. I LOVE these commandments! Such inspiration for every day. I feel so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of women. Thank you BAMRs!!

  11. I am not posting my name because I really don’t want to be associated with this comment, even though it is totally, 100% me. Running, while it was at one point my downfall, has now ultimately become what has saved (or is saving) my life. I’ve has ups and downs with an eating disorder, and have gone from once not caring if I dropped (quite literally) after a run, to now making sure that I am fueled so I don’t lose my ability to not only complete my run, but to run it better than the last one. It’s still a huge struggle to fuel properly everyday, but I know that the 60 minutes of freedom I get is worth every last calorie it takes to get there. So, after my little ramble here, my commandment would have to be “Eat, Run (you better eat a little more), LIVE”.

    1. This takes so much courage! Keep up the awesome work that has gotten you this far. Running will keep giving back to you as long as you prepare and give it your best. Stay healthy & rock on!!

    2. Please don’t be ashamed. We are all human and working on our own journey. It sounds like your journey has been difficult, and even though I don’t know you, I’m proud of you for not only fighting your eating disorder, but also for sharing your story here.

    3. Hey Runner–
      Thank you very much for your comment and your wise words about eating; I was going to write you can run away from an eating disorder, but I didn’t think that would be appropriate You have shown me otherwise. Eat, Run, Live indeed. We would love to know more about your story (and we can keep it anonymous), if you’re interested. Please email us at runmother at gmail dot com.
      Thanks and many more happy miles to you–
      Dimity

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