Rules for Runner’s – 2014

Came across, this wonderful list of 31 rules by which runners should live by for the year 2014.

  1. Call yourself a runner. If you run, you’re a runner. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Set a bigger goal than you ever thought possible. And figure out what you need to do to get there. Then do it.
  3. Change your shoes more often.
  4. Eat a little cleaner, and enjoy the added energy.
  5. After crossing the finish line of an upcoming race, stop to cheer on other runners and congratulate them on their accomplishments.
  6. Join a running group.
  7. Spend more time analyzing your training data. But don’t forget that sometimes you shouldn’t record the data at all. And just run :p
  8. Run more hills.
  9. Sign-up to volunteer at a trail race’s aid station.
  10. Take a few weeks off, and use that time to try out a new sport or activity.
  11. Do your strength training.
  12. Thank your spectators and supporters, and treat them to a special surprise.
  13. Put in the warm-up and cool-down miles.
  14. Read more running books. Learn from them.
  15. Find a training partner.
  16. Try to set a new 5k PR, even if you’re focused on marathons or ultras.
  17. Treat yourself to new socks. Maybe even ones with a little compression.
  18. Foam roll more religiously.
  19. Plan out your schedule now, at the beginning of the year, so you can train properly.
  20. Don’t be afraid to reward yourself after tough workouts or long runs.
  21. Get up and run in the morning more often.
  22. Talk a non-running friend into signing up for a 5k with you. And run with them the whole race.
  23. Attend a race just to cheer on runners you don’t know.
  24. Stretch.
  25. Return to a race you struggled with in the past.
  26. Experiment with new ideas by committing to different 10-30 day challenges.
  27. Start a run streak, even if it is just for one week.
  28. Keep up with long runs, even if you aren’t training for any particular race.
  29. Run on trails.
  30. Force yourself to break out of routine and try new routes.
  31. Most importantly, be proud of every run. Be proud that you are a runner.

~via Rock Creek Runner



49 thoughts on “Rules for Runner’s – 2014

  1. ranchcookie says:

    I love tip number ten! I recently have been experimenting with some weight training and I am finding I love it just as much as running 🙂

    • helicopterdiaries says:

      My plan for this year is to learn Swimming and try to pick up cycling again, apart from usual running…Variation is always fun.. 🙂

    • helicopterdiaries says:

      Yes, we really don’t know when we can go out and say we are runners..But I guess, a point comes when you don’t need to say anything, but other’s themselves will say, “that guy/gal is a runner”.. 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on RUN WRIGHT and commented:
    I like # 23. Whenever I get a chance, I try to attend a race just to cheer, even if I don’t know any of the runners. It’s motivating like nothing else. It’s how I got marathon-fever.

  3. Wonderful post! I think the biggest one is #1 – so many people don’t know when they become a “runner.” Being a runner is a state of mind.

    • helicopterdiaries says:

      Ani, I had read a line somewhere which I think aptly capture the point: “”The nonrunner gets cranky when he aches. The runner says, ‘Alive, man, alive!'”. The day we start feeling more alive while running, I think we can call ourselves ‘runner’.. !!

  4. Reblogged this on Diz Runs and commented:
    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.
    I’ve done a few of these, wanted to do a few more. And have probably been scared to try a few as well.

    Do Any of These Rules Stand Out to You?

  5. ashe says:

    #2. Done. signed up for a 50k this morning.
    #8. Do I have to? Just kidding. It will get done.
    #11. Still working on this one.
    #12. ALWAYS DO!
    #15. Got a few lined up!
    #16. I like this one! 🙂 I will do my best.
    #22. Talked my mom into a half!

  6. Reblogged this on Crazy Fit Mama and commented:
    Wow! I love this list from Mind of Mediocre. I want to do them all, but as you might have read, my fav is #2, setting a bigger goal than I ever though possible. 1,000 miles and a marathon this year?! Yikes!
    Which rule is calling out to you?

  7. I came across this post of yours when a reader visited my blog and had recently re-blogged your post – it fits in perfectly with the post I have just done!
    I’m heading back on over to my blog to add a link to this list 🙂

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