Words to Run By

2040762301811832_4xjSny3s_fEvery day, it seems, the three of us are dispensing running advice. Whether through this blog (which was one of the reasons we started in the first, place, of course) or friends/friends-of-friends, we love to do it. You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

And we still seek advice often. There’s always someone more experienced, faster, stronger, fitter, smarter, and everyone has an opinion. When it comes down to it, though, each of us has received one small nugget of wisdom that has shone above the rest.

Here, we share the best running advice we’ve ever received.

Amie: “If you want to run faster, run faster.” I lived by the “talk test” for years. If I couldn’t talk while running, I was going too fast — that’s the rule. And that is a good rule to follow if you’re just learning how to run, but if you want to be faster, you have to run faster. It’s so simple. Push yourself. Forget about talking, feel the pain in your lungs, the fatigue in your legs. Don’t be afraid to hurt because it’s the only way you’re going to improve your time.

Mags: “You never regret a run, but you do regret skipping one.” This phrase comes to mind every early morning when all I want to do is stay in bed. Every evening after a grueling day at work when all I want to do is eat tacos and watch movies. Every time I just don’t feel like lacing up my shoes and hitting the pavement. And you know what? This advice has never failed me.

Aidz: “If you went running when you first started thinking about it, you’d be back by now.”¬†Whenever I hear people say they just don’t have time to run, I think of this phrase. Shoot, if people spent as much time running as they did complaining about not having the time to go for a run, things would be a lot simpler. Running is such a simple thing. Just do it. As Maggie said, you’ll never regret having done it. So go already!

I Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

There are eyes everywhere.

“I saw you running last night!”

Oh god. I felt terrible last night. Did she see me limp-running, or actually barfing in the weeds? Or worse, did she see me walking? Unless you are running on a secluded trail my friends, you just never know who will see you out there. Suck in your gut, keep your head high, look fast. That is all.¬†–Amie