It's really my fault for choosing to skip the gym and run in the evening. But it was really fun to throw on my old, junky shoes and do a fast mile. 8:33 pace? I think I'll take it!
|Matt's screenshot from Nike+...I really need a waterproof case for my phone!|
I'm guilty of breaking these commandments, of course. I think we all are at one point or another. (Is there some running deity out there who will forgive us our sins?)
The ones I'm sure to strictly follow are 2, 7, and 8.
7. I cringe whenever I see a runner in a cotton T. How many years of experience do you need before you realize that non-tech tees hamper your run? In my experience, they're heavy, hot, and over-sized, three things you never want from a running shirt.
8. And shoes. Oh, shoes. I've ranted on this before, but a new factor comes into play now. According to a new study, non-runners who begin running don't have to worry too much about pronation. If you've been in a certain kind of shoe for a long time, like I have, then transitioning to a different form should be done carefully. But apparently brand new runners can slip on any pair without a higher risk of injury.
(The junky shoes I wore in the rain last night are neutral, and I rolled my foot three times; I think I may be in stability shoes for life.)
The other commandments? Yeah, I break those like crazy. But being aware is half the battle, right? If I were to wander into the Church of Running and confess my sins, I'd definitely have to mention that I don't vary my workouts nearly as much as I should (although I try) and almost never hydrate on a run.
If penance comes in the form of running, I'm cool with that.
There seems to be a few things missing from this list, of course. I think a good commandment to live by is Julie Isphording's sage advice to "run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running."
Three I would add are:
11. Thou shall signal and move to the side before walking during a race.
12. Thou shall nod, smile, or wave at other runners.
13. Thou shall love, respect, and find joy in every run, no matter how terrible.
Which running commandments do you make sure to follow?
Which rules do you break?
Is there a law you'd add to this list?