When the love of your life pushes you to re-boot your run workout, you just say, “as you wish.”
So, tonight I put on my shorts and old Asics, got on my feet, stepped out the door, and went around twice.
Can’t believe I stopped doing this for a long time.
This is how that turned out:
Posted: February 20, 2013 in Opinions, Personal, running. Adidas. Mizuno. Asics. training. Music. Nike. Shoe review. Nutrition. running gear. Races. Garmin.
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Was going through my old digital files earlier and found this set of writings that recalled those days about 2-3 years ago when I was knee-deep into running. Yeah, I know I need to get back on the road real soon. Tried to do it this year and even attempted to train for a full marathon. But something in this old body of mine gave way and caused me to stop for a full three weeks, thereby missing out on the mileage accrual needed in pursuit of a 42-km run.
Anyway, I came across this list of commandments by and for runners that used to circulate between running friends a couple of years ago. They all hold true, and its a matter of discipline and hard work to follow these commandments religiously.
53 RUNNERS COMMANDMENTS
1. Do not be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
2. Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
3. Do not make running your life. Make it part of your life.
4. During group training runs, do not let anyone run alone.
5. Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
6. When doing group runs, start on time no matter who is missing.
7. The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
8. Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you will need to call for a ride.
9.Do not compare yourself to other runners.
10. All runners are equal, some are just faster than others.
11. Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you will not run.
12. For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
13. If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
14. When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
15. Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
16. A bad day of running still beats a good day at work.
17. Talk like a runner. Singlets are worn on warm days. Tank tops are worn to the beach.
18. Do not talk about your running injuries. People do not want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
19. Do not always run alone.
20. Do not always run with people.
21. Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
22. No matter how slow you run it is still faster than someone sitting on a couch.
23. Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you will get during racing.
24. Races are not just for those who can run fast.
25. There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
26. The best runs sometimes come on days when you did not feel like running.
27. Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
28. If you say, Let us run this race together, then you must stay with that person no matter how slow.
29. Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
30. There is nothing boring about running. There are, however, boring people who run.
31. Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
32. Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
33. Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
34. Do not try to outrun dogs.
35. Do not trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of shape, or not feeling well.
36. Do not wait for perfect weather. If you do, you will not run very often.
37. When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
38. Never run alongside very old or very young racers. They get all of the applause.
39. Without goals, training has no purpose.
40. During training runs, let the slowest runner in the group set the pace.
41. The first year in a new age group offers the best opportunity for trophies.
42. Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
43. Spend more time running on the roads than sitting on the couch.
44. Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
45. Winning means different things to different people.
46. Unless you make your living as a runner, do not take running too seriously.
47. Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
48. Never tell a runner that he or she does not look good in tights.
49. Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
50. Never apologize for doing the best you can.
51. Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
52. Running is simple. Do not make it complicated.
53. Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy does not come until the end of the run.
After reading through this list again, maybe it is high time I get my ass off the couch and hit the road. There’s no other way.
My kids gifted me with a car on Father’s Day!
Yep, you read it right!
It’s a spanking new, bright orange Ford Mustang GT… at 1/60 scale though!
Waking up to a cool, drizzly Sunday morning, I had planned to hit the road running. I was already downstairs, limbering up while my Garmin GPS was syncing with the satellite. But the steady rainshower dampened my mood, convincing me to go back up to our flat and just ditch any plans of running.
It turned out to be a good idea.
My daughters were already up by then, and, after I got changed out of my running attire, they surprised me with a greeting card and a gift — the orange Mustang!
It was a double surprise coz the reason the car was orange was because it was a Reese’s Ford Mustang GT scale model that they bought at the Hershey’s store in Chicago during our U.S. trip last month!
They knew I loved cars, all kinds. Plus, they also knew that I absolutely love Reese’s Pieces! So they thought it was a good idea to find the two things I love in one gift!
Good thing I cancelled my run. I can always do that tomorrow. Father’s Day comes but once a year!
A long-delayed post on my 15km run at the 2011 Greentennial Run at The Fort, last January 23, 2011.
Here’s a photo of me at the finish line, taken by somebody who volunteered to take photos during the race. Sorry I can’t remember from which FB photo album I got this photo. And thanks!
Can you see me smiling?!
And here’s my race results: