Friday, February 27, 2015

A Runner's 10 Commandments by Anita Durairaj

As a long-distance runner, I follow these "10 Commandments for Runners"* religiously:

(1) Thou shalt not compare thyself to other runners. A mile is a mile.

(2) Thou shalt not say "I am not a runner". If you run, you are a runner.

(3) Thou shalt not skimp on sleep.

(4) Remember the "rest day" and keep it holy.

(5) Honor thy muscles and thy aches and pains and do not push through an injury. Runners are not invincible.

(6) Thou shalt not forget to hydrate.

(7) Thou shalt not commit the sin of wearing cotton, especially on race day.

(8) Thou shalt not ignore thy shoes. Get properly fitted.

(9) Thou shalt not get stuck in a "rut" but will vary thy running by switching up elevation, distance and pace.

(10) Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's medals.

*The "Runner's 10 Commandments" is taken from

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