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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!
- Written by Kelcey
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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 admit it. I am not a well-traveled person. I am not sure if that’s because it’s something that was never important to me or on my mind, or if I just never had much time or opportunity. But that has changed a little recently.
I have a very good a lifelong friend I met many years ago named Bruce. We seemed to hit it off all the way back when we first met in elementary school. We remained friends for many years, and even kept in touch when our adult lives took us in different directions.
I have recently reconnected with Bruce thanks to the ease and reach of social media. When he told me he was living in China I was amazed. I don’t think I ever met anyone who actually lived in a country that seemed so far away and so different.
He told me he had an offer to work in his field of international business for a freight transportation company that specialized in shipping from China to the UK and America. I never realized they were hiring overseas candidates.
Bruce was as excited to hear from me as I was when he replied to my attempt to reconnect. He even invited me to visit him in Shenzhen, the city he was based out of in China.
I never though about visiting Chines before, but since I had not seen Bruce in a long time, and have never really had an invite from someone I know actually living and working there, I figured why not. I have never been to Asia, had never been to China, and had not really been anywhere other then the U.S.A. for a long time.
I am not going to lie, it was not a cheap trip. China itself was not too expensive, and since Bruce let me stay with him, I did not have to worry about accommodation. But, the airfare wasn’t cheap, and we did some travel to other cities within China, which was a bit pricey, especially Beijing!
It was also not the best place to run, outside anyway. Bruce was always a runner and kept up with it to his best ability while living there, but the pollution on some days was really bad. He said he trained mostly indoors to avoid the factory smog and all the car exhaust and brake particulate. It was really as bad at what you see in the news.
However, the nicer gyms were really fantastic and high-tech. It was a little tricky getting the treadmills and elliptical trainers working properly since they were all in Chinese, but the staff were super friendly and with Bruce’s help and their assistance, I managed to get some training in.
All-in-all it was a very exciting trip. It was great to see an old friend, and it was great to meet new ones in a very interesting country and culture.
Thank you Shenzhen. I hope I will have another chance to visit in the future!