These aren’t really ancient rules carved into some stone tablet. There’s no handbook with these three rules printed on them you have to sign before lacing up a pair of sneakers. These are my three rules of running.
Here you go:
- Run for yourself – Some people run to work on their six pack abs to impress others. Some people run to try and finish in the top five so they can brag to their friends, family, and co-workers. Don’t do this. Run because you love to run. Run because you want to be healthy. Run because you want to prove to yourself you can run faster and farther than you ever thought possible.
- Don’t run hurt – Running is a way to improve your health, not to damage it. If you don’t feel right, stop. Don’t try and push through the pain. There’s a difference between good pain and bad pain, and don’t try and fool yourself that the latter is the former. You’re only going to put yourself on the sofa for an extended period of time if you try running through an injury.
- Engage with others – While this might seem contradictory to rule number one, the idea is simple enough. You can run for yourself while still supporting and seeking the support of others. Just keep a clear head and make sure you can tell the difference between motivation and jealous competition. Working out with others can be a great social bonding experience, and by helping one another you can all improve your fitness and spirt.
There’s nothing here that’s going to end up on the news or become the foundation of a new philosophy. It’s just the way I try to live my life. I hope you find the three rules useful as well.
Now, let’s lace up and run!