Over the years I’ve picked up on the unwritten rules of running…I’m not sure whether I read about them on running blogs, got told them by running friends or just figured them out on my own… but here are some of my fave things/pet peeves that runners do…
- You don’t count your finish time in a race when you hit the distance…it’s the CHIP time when you cross the finish line. Yes, the race will probably be long, but your 13.1 time is not the moment your watch hit 13.1, it’s the time you get emailed/texted at the end of the race…
- If you pause your watch during your race, unfortunately this paused time still counts in your finish time. Like I said, your race time is your CHIP time.
- Still talking of watches, personally I have to finish a run on a round number – even if that means I run past my house, or finish my run 20 paces from my front door. I’ve let the ‘whole mile’ round number thing go, but I cannot finish the run on 3.18 miles… This weekend in France, I had to run past friends in the market to finish our run on 4 miles, despite looking like a total weirdo!
- The worse the weather on your run, the more badass you can feel. Whether that’s heat, rain, snow, gale force winds…
- Don’t lie about your race finish time for a better starting time… and start at the back if you’re planning to walk the whole race. I understand that things might go wrong during your race but I don’t understand how I seem to always put myself in the wrong start area.
- Nothing new on race day… (I break this rule all the time, often to my detriment). That means no new trainers, shorts, sports bra, gels or pre-race breakfast.
- Be humble about your race time/pace/PBs… Despite the fact that I’m really proud of some of my PBs, I pretty much always preface any chat of times with an ‘only’ or ‘I’m not that fast’… I’m not sure why I do this, partly to save face perhaps and partly because I acknowledge that there are a lot of speedier runners out there. Anyone else do this without even realising it?
- It’s OK to talk about your bowel habits, even with runners you’ve only just met. They get it.
Runners- I’d love to hear your own unwritten rules of running! What would you say is the thing that irks you most? What would you tell a friend that was just getting in to running? ?