A Runner’s Ten Commandments
I wish I’d have thought of this! Although comical to an extent, all 10 of these “commandments” should be considered. I posted earlier to Facebook placing an emphasis on the First and Fifth Commandment:
1. Thou shall not compare thyself to other runners. A mile is a mile.
Personally I’d have said, MILE AFTER F%#*@ING MILE. 😀
Like anything in life, stop comparing yourself to others! Yes, it is OK to be competitive, it’s OK to have your eyes set on the gold, but remember that the only thing that really matters at the end of the day is that you live up to YOUR expectations. If you base your success or live your life having the upper hand over others, you will NEVER find your true happiness because there will ALWAYS be someone younger, smarter, prettier and faster than you. Embrace what you have been blessed with and set realistic goals in which you work hard to achieve. Those will be the most satisfying achievements you will ever make.
5. Honor thy muscles and thy “aches and pains” and do not push through an injury. Runners are not invincible.
I have struggled with this particular “commandment” for years. In fact, it is a work in progress. But as I said earlier on FB, if you really love running, listen when your body is talking to you. Differentiate your heart (drive) and passion (goals) from your ego and think about the long run (no pun intended). Shaving off a few minutes or upgrading to a podium finish may feel good temporarily but come Monday when the rush has faded, you will find yourself out for months or weeks on your way to recovery. I unfortunately listened to my ego time and time again even AFTER I suffered a broken metatarsal from running 6 additional miles on a fractured metatarsal during a marathon. Yes I finished, and yes that was kind of crazy in a brave way, but I was out for 16 weeks (should have been 8-12), stuck in a boot and still I didn’t let it stop me! I continued participating in 5Ks (wearing my boot of course) and I even earned a temporary handicap placard and used it to park in the handicap parking section at the Sherman Oaks Galleria so that I could easily get into 24-Hour Fitness and attend spin class. Priorities, let me tell ya… I have so many of these stories: Running LA Marathon with a hip injury just because I was on par for a sub-3 marathon (injury stemming from the off-balance of my hips from wearing the boot for such a long time and I think a bad Thai massage), walking Boston Marathon (5:49:53) because my pride wouldn’t let me just watch from the sidelines and most recently racing the Stanford Track Invitational with a bummed foot just because it was a privilege to even be there. So. Many. More. Just remember that there are races nearly every weekend, if this isn’t your weekend for whatever reason, there is always another.