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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 spirit.
There's nothing here that's going to end up on the news or become the foundation of a new philosophy. Its just the way I try to live my life. I hope you find the three rules useful as well.
Here are a few more tips:
Now, lets lace up and run!
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I am more of a long distance runner than I ever was anything short, and I was never a big sprinter. However, I still love watching all the track & field events in the Rio Olympics. This week was especially exciting and motivational.
The other night I had the TV on and was not really paying full attention to the events, and then for some reason I decided to take a break from what I was doing, sit down, and watch the next race. It was the women's 100m hurdles, something I never ever personally ran aside from messing around with a few friends now and then.
Regardless, there were three Americans in it, so I figured what the heck. I might as well watch as its going to be quick anyway. And quick it was.
What was crazy is that for the first time in history, these three American ladies finished the event in first, second, and third place, bringing home all three medals in this one event to America. How amazing!
For the record, their names are
- Nia Ali
- Brianna Rollins
- Kristi Castlin
These are three very special ladies that will surely share this bond for a long time. You can see the three of them together post event here.
I know I was never a star athlete, and as I said before, short races were never my thing, but still I find this to be a very motivational tale. All three of these women worked so hard individually and together to get into this race. Then, they kept working to make sure they all finished in the top spots.
It just shows how much a lot of hard work and dedication can pay off. This is the kind of story that helps get me out of bed early and into my running shoes. Great work ladies!
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I think that many amateur athletes never discuss and the difficulties in keeping themselves afloat financially. As someone who spends most of their free time training, that means you don’t spend nearly as much time on your professional life.
Many amateur athletes don’t even have a full-time job. They work a lot of seasonal work where they may work through the summer and then take off in the fall and maybe work in the winter and take off in the spring. Or, they do a lot of part-time jobs where they only work a few hours per week so they have time to train but can still pay rent and buy food.
However, as we get older we have more responsibilities. That means we need to make more money. Sometimes this leaves us to have to spend a little more time and attention on our jobs in a bit less on our training.
Get a Real Job
Sadly, the truth is that if he wants to make any kind of sustainable income as an amateur for your new easiest and most clear path is giving an actual job. That doesn’t mean pick up a couple hours waiting tables every week or spending a couple weeks at a summer camp as a counselor. It means get a job even if it’s a low scale want.
For me unfortunately due to the lack of experience I have I ended up deciding on taking a position as a cashier at a local convenience store. It doesn’t pay a lot but it does pay regularly. And, it’s a constant flow of income and not something that is sporadic.
It was a bit embarrassing when I first applied I didn’t even have a resume. I actually had to find an online site that had a resume sample for cashiers that I could use to help me make my own. But, it did the job helping me get a job.
Get a Sponsor
Either way certain and with your athletes make a living is through sponsorship. Though this is much better generally speaking then getting a job, it’s also much more difficult and not all that common.
A sponsor can be an individual who believes in your ability or a business that feels that your talents will get them a fair amount of exposure. This individual or business then give you financial support so you can spend most of your time training instead of having to split your time between training and working.
The reality though is this is very rare as most sponsorship opportunities come to those who are at least in some kind of semi professional situation.
Make That Paper
No matter what situation you are and you still need to make money somehow. Chances are a sponsorship if not in the future. Therefore like me most of us will have to get a job.
Working a 9 - 5 is not something that I enjoy and have a good chance you will not enjoy it either. However, having some money in your pocket allows for a much less stressful lifestyle so though your training hours are limited you can give them you're undivided attention
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You know I love running, but every professional athlete has to change their training regime to try and reach their maximum potential. What I mean is that you cannot only do or play your sport to try and get better. You have to train in other ways as well.
Basketball players don’t only play basketball. They have strength and conditioning programs that help them improve their ability to meet the physical demands that playing basketball requires. Football, soccer, and even professional fighting does the same thing.
Why shouldn’t runners?
Here are some ideas for mixing up your workout routines.
Swing an Axe
That’s right. There are some great outdoors exercises that help put a little lean muscle on while working your cardio. One of my favorites is helping to split firewood when I’m out at a family cabin.
Even though you only need to wood in the fall and winter, it’s a task you can do all year long. You also don’t need a lot of extra equipment to do it, which is nice on your wallet.
If you don’t already have one, you’re going to need to get a splitting maul or axe. You don’t need to get the best splitting axe money can buy unless you plan on becoming a professional lumberjack, but get something that won’t fall apart.
Then, you simply learn the swing, and get to work. If you’ve never done anything like this before, you’ll be surprised how winded you get, and much of a full body workout it is.
Instead of going from point A to point B horizontally, try a new challenge- go up!
That’s right, rock climbing is another great way to put on some lean muscle without the fear of getting bulky, while working on your cardio.
You can do this outdoors, or indoors at a rock climbing gym like this one if you’re more of a city person.
It does require a little gear and a partner to make sure you’re safe, but it’s so much fun it might replace running as your number one workout or sport.
Dance, Dance, Baby
That’s right. You can help get your running body into shape and have a lot of fun at the same time.
There’s nothing wrong with cutting up the rug, and it’s great for your cardio. Certain types of dance like salsa really work your wind.
You of course don’t need to go the super formal rout and just hitting a club with your friends now and then is great too, but don’t get too crazy with the spirits as that might counter anything healthy you’re doing.
The great thing about this type of activity is it’s something you can do almost anywhere and you really don’t need any special equipment, other than some nice clothes if you’re going out.
As you can see, whether you are in the city or country, or whether you’re an outdoors person or prefer indoor settings, there are plenty of ways to improve your running game without just trying to run more. Even better, you can have a blast while doing them.