Have you seen these shirts? I am seeing them all the time now, they are everywhere. They are even being worn at races. I guess someone thinks it is funny to wear this shirt to a race but I hate it. I want to ask them why they are even at a race if it sucks so bad, or maybe they suck at running? Either way it doesn't matter.It got me thinking about other things that disturb me at races and while there aren't many, I do have a few rules I always follow at races and I am about to share them with you, so gather round.
Rule #1: Already covered. Don't wear that shirt.
Rule #2: No one, and I mean no one in a dew rag beats me! One race I was at, there was a guy rockin a dew rag calling himself "The Jackrabbit" cause he speeds out of the gate. I kept my eye on him.
Rule #3: No costumes beat me. I will not get beat by a giant hot dog. It won't happen, it can't happen. If that ever happens to me, I will be crushed and will hang up my running shoes.
Those are my 3 basic rules of running. My 3 rules. Not the only rules of running as there are many, many more. I also picked my top 10 unwritten rules or running, which I will now write out, so they are not unwritten anymore I guess.
- Run against traffic. Nothing concerns me more than to see a runner running with traffic. How do you see the cars behind you???
- Run on the right of trails and path. It's just the standard practice, I do not know why.
- Do not run more than 2 across, it's annoying to others that try to pass.
- If invited to run with someone, then run with them, at their pace.
- Groups runs = no iPod. It's just rude.
- Acknowledge other runners. Motorcycles do it, Jeeps do it and runners will also feel snubbed if you do not acknowledge them as part of the brotherhood of running.
- Stand still at red lights. No one wants to see you bouncing up and down at the light, if you need to stop your watch and wait for your turn.
- Warn before passing. I am not a big fan of this, but sometimes, I spit loud enough for them to know I am behind them, or coming up on them. I might also cough, I do not always give the cycling "on your left" shout out.
- Farts Happen. Just make sure it is only a fart!
- Run on inner lanes, walk on the outer lanes (this only applies to indoor tracks obviously, and when the temps are 30 below and snowing, otherwise, get outside and run)
So there are my rules and other rules I have found. Do you have any specific rules for race day or training? If so, let's hear them! But, please, no running sucks shirts! If you need a shirt to wear, wear this one instead:
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about joggers on me, it's a joke!