Running: The Group vs. Yourself - Finale
This is the finale to the running series The Group vs. Yourself, if you haven’t yet read part 1 or part 2 now would be the perfect time to do so.
Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when you’re out on the road running with a group:
1) Make sure you and your running group have rules established before hand. How many water stations are you going to stop at? Do you have walk/run intervals? Is it ok to leave your fellow runners behind if they’re running too slow? These are just a very small portion of questions that should be answered before a group run.
2) It’s ok to be quiet while running in a group. Don’t feel you have to talk the whole way (unless you want to,) while running. Sometimes its best to stay silent until something funny happens or maybe some funny stories that you have stored in your brain.
3) Bring your own fuel, water or whatever else you need and don’t feel like you need to intake your fuel the same time as everyone else. If you feel that you need it before or after take it then. Don’t fall into the pressure of doing or not doing something because everyone else is or isn’t doing it.
4) Stay on one side of the road. Most likely it’s a group of you and you don’t want to bump into other runners and vise versa. Also, other runners will become annoyed with a group weaving throughout the course, you don’t want to be the group that everyone takes negatively about.
5) Have fun! You’re with your friends, buddies, and teammates. You don’t want to have a crappy experience because you were with the wrong group of people or you took the race so seriously that you forgot to enjoy yourself.
Here are some of quick tips to keep in mind when you’re out on the road running solo:
1) Find sometime to focus on mind on. You don’t want to have negative thoughts throughout your run. Find clarity or focus when you’re running, because negative thoughts can and will affect your performance.
2) Look back when moving from one side of the road to the other. Check your surroundings and make sure you’re not crossing in front of other runners so close that yourself and/or them might trip.
3) If you’re a runner that runs with music, either keep one ear free or keep the music low. You don’t want to miss an announcement on the course because your music was too loud.
4) Spitting, shoelace tying or adjusting you should be done on the side of the road. Make sure you don’t stop in the middle of the road and don’t spit in the middle of the road as well. Runners don’t want to willingly step in spit and they don’t want to play hopscotch with spit neither.
These are just nine of the hundreds of “running manners” that are out there. I just wanted to give you beauties some tips to think of the next time you’re running with a group or solo.
I hope you enjoyed this series and I hope it was informative for you all… Until next time beauties.