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Rules for Running, and a Few for Life

Just like the law of gravity, there are some rules for running that will produce similar health benefits if you don't fight them.

Don't run in the house. You should have learned this as a kid!

Get running shoes fitted at a running store. Wear them even if they are not cute.

Prevent injuries by strength training. Nearly half of all runners are injured in any given year. This does not include poking your eye with a fork at dinner.

Prevent injuries by warming up and cooling down. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) is the most common treatment for soft tissue injuries.

Casts are the most common treatment for broken bones and some times face-palms.

Prevent injuries by stretching. 82 percent of runners will experience a running-related injury in their lifetime.

Have a training plan. What is the goal of your training? To run far? To run fast? To run a 5K? To get to the bar on time?

Have a flexible plan.

Celebrate your victories!

Don't increase mileage or intensity too much each week.

The best run is the one you don't skip.

Don't just run, strength train and cross-train. Fitness keeps injuries low.

Eat some carbs and protein within 30 minutes after a run. (Lots of geeky scientific reasons, just do it!)

Run facing traffic. You'd hate to miss your last second on earth without knowing what hit you.

Don't run right after eating Thanksgiving dinner.

Remember, you are not on a bike. If you try to coast, as soon as your legs stop, you'll fall flat on your face.

If your muscles are sore after a run, that's good.

Get enough sleep. It's best if it is not while you're running.

Replace your shoes every 300-500 miles, or if they stink so bad they could knock over a skunk.

Learn to run long slow runs and fast short ones. It depends on how long you have until the cops find out what you did.

If you run at night, make yourself visible. Most drivers are not using night-vision goggles.

If you have any sharp pains during/after running, that's probably a sign to take a few days off.

You should be able to talk in complete sentences while running. That is to say, if you can talk in complete sentences when not running.

A headwind always slows you down more than a tailwind speeds you up. It's hearsay, but it feels that way.

Running uphill slows you down more than running downhill speeds you up. Also hearsay.

Don't run with scissors. If you are reading this, you probably still have eyes.
(Dr. Finch: Where would we be without our painful childhoods?)

Take rest days! At least one a week. If you are new, start with 4 rest days, and work up slowly. (Have a training plan!)

Have fun!

Did I miss any?

Thanks for the votes and comments!

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Flixie00 wrote 111 months ago:
You forgot not to run in the halls at school :-)
cessnaholly wrote 111 months ago:
Make sure your shoe laces are secure.
satxdc99 wrote 111 months ago:
Thanks for the advice!
tmcoyle wrote 111 months ago:
Good info . . .I still have my eyes, so I haven't run with scissors or haven't injured myself while doing so, ha!
fitplease wrote 111 months ago:
Don't tie your laces too tight. Feet need room to grow.
odditblue wrote 111 months ago:
Watch out for prairie dog and ground squirrel holes if you're running cross country. They'll freaking kill you if you trip over the little buggars!
ernielaurie wrote 111 months ago:
Funny and true!!! Thanks.
larryc0923 wrote 111 months ago:
Be certain to hydrate sufficiently before and after the run. Also, during the run if a particularly long run.
run4yourlifegirl wrote 111 months ago:
Haha those are great!!
MaryRegs wrote 111 months ago:
awesome as always!!
Chagama wrote 111 months ago:
Know where every porta-potty is located in your running vicinity
meli1968 wrote 111 months ago:
I have been running in a 3/4 tight today that seems to be to big for my continuously slipped down and i was busy trying to keep it where it belongs...what do we learn: we suitable clothing in the right size or you might stumble over some pieces of textile that should be snugg fit on your body!!! LOL
beckyboop712 wrote 111 months ago:
Don't run around a swimming pool, particularly with scissors!

I guess I'll have to watch my facepalms...they happen so frequently.
toughmudder1357 wrote 111 months ago:
i will definitly remember these.

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