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Tips for Life and Running

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 out 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. Or beer.

Casts are the most common treatment for broken bones and sometimes 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 immediately 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.

Buy your shoes a little on the large side. Your feet need room to grow. 

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!)

Don't forget to do the couch part of Couch to 5K. 

Have fun!

Did I miss any? 

Thanks for the votes and comments!

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24 comments:

bluesrockerman wrote 62 months ago:
Great!!
Laura80111 wrote 62 months ago:
If ever I think I might want to start on a running program I will come back to your blog to help me figure it out. Cause I'm sure I will need some of your humor to get through it. Until then I'll keep with my bike riding inside (for the winter) and out (for the spring summer and fall).
kdavid1987 wrote 62 months ago:
Love your blog so much. I work in a residential mental health unit -- we help folks who are having crises get connected with community resources and the help they need to be healthy. One of the things we have is a wall painted with chalk board paint and we let clients write on it. I will often put inspirational quotes on that wall and I put one up from you today -- "I wish I could say life is a team sport, but it really isn't. Sure, I need others. I need you. That does not remove the burden of taking charge of my own life, my finances, my relationships, my health. There are things which I must do, decisions I have to make."
MonicaA2013 wrote 62 months ago:
AWESOME LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS !!!
nuffer wrote 62 months ago:
Stalled out on couch part. Otherwise, very sage advice :)
_nikkiwolf_ wrote 62 months ago:
"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."
Laughed out loud at that one!
Although I was riding my bike indoors on rollers this winter; in that case you also fall flat on your face as soon as your legs stop.

And since this is my first time commenting here, I also want to say I like reading your blog. I'm getting ready to run my second marathon in two weeks, I'm in awe of all that you have already accomplished.
valentine4 wrote 62 months ago:

remember its not only bears that shit in woods..

also ( for the male runners) the whole nipple thing?

brilliant blog you have me giggling away here at my desk
fitbethlin wrote 62 months ago:
To go along with "The best run is the one you don't skip," I sometimes use "No matter how slow you are, you're faster than the people who are still in bed" for morning-motivation.

Your best has got to be, "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."
druidkat7 wrote 62 months ago:
I've never been a big fan of running, but this made me LOL!
rightoncommander wrote 62 months ago:
The best run is the one you don't HAVE TO skip. Hard work and dedication today is no good if your ITB/knee/hip/PF/shin splints/Achilles tendonitis/stress fracture stop you from running tomorrow.
willow_rb wrote 62 months ago:
"Get running shoes fitted at a running store."
Most important advice ever!

Unfortunately, when I started running, I got my shoes at a discount store, ran through the pain and ended up with a very bad case of plantar fascitis. After hobbling for over a year, I'm finally back. And this post is just in time for my run :)
neerashamith wrote 62 months ago:
I love running but something stops me after 3 weeks..its either pain in my shins or lazy
your blog motivated me to restart
marcmahoney wrote 62 months ago:
Skip the ice -- use heat. You want to loosen/relax joints and muscles, not compress them. Ice is counter-productive to healing as it reduces blood flow.

Ice DOES make sense to reduce swelling, if it exists. But even then it's questionable as to whether you should reduce swelling, as it's actually functional in helping protect injuries to help them to heal.

There's a ton of research on this, and it's easy to find (including very reputable sources).
ggeise14 wrote 62 months ago:
Thanks for the Monday chuckle!
Valid advice with humor, perfect.
thickspo91 wrote 62 months ago:
Great advice!
KrysGettinFit wrote 62 months ago:
This motivated me to go running!
amanda_leclezio wrote 62 months ago:
Awesome - Thankyou :-)
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