Good running advice from the msj site.
1.) No one talks or writes so enthusiastically as when he is telling someone else what is bad for him. But convincing him of the errors of his ways is only half the job. The other half is outlining a corrective program.
2.) The Big Lie on the physical side of running is, "If it is going to help you it has to hurt." The Lie is spread by people who confuse pain with purpose. The fact is, pain in running serves no purpose except to prevent you from inflicting more pain on yourself. It draws boundaries which you cross only at great risk.
3.) There is a Big Lie on the psychological side as well. "Running is, by its nature, a lonely and boring activity." This fallacy lives in the minds of people who confuse aloneness with lonliness and unstructured activity with boredom. They aren't the same. In fact, in many ways there are direct opposites.
4.) There is no shortage of talk in this turned-on, turned-in world. But as the world grows busier andf noiser, we let shrink that essential time each day to be alone to fantasize, to reflect, to clear away cluttering thoughts, to plan.
5.) You run to no one's beat but your own. No one else is making you run. No one else cares whether you do it or not. The responsibility for running is yours entirely, and the same can be said for the rewards iin doing it. THey are all yours too.
6.) The first 20 or 30 minutes of a run make a person fit. Most of the physical benefits can be had in that short time, and the returns diminish quickly from then on.
7.) It is the second 20 or 30 minutes that make running worth doing. That's when it starts to feel good and to make you glad you did the first part. The extra 20 or 30 minutes make you want to come back for more.
8.) Just as runnners start to run alone because they must, and continue because they lean to like themselves, they sometimes come together for practical reasons and keep coming back for social ones.
9.) The deeper you plunge into fun-running, the less important the physical returns are to you. THey have value, of course, but are something like the fas mileage of your car. They are the by-product of having an efficient engine which is kept in good tune, but they have little to do with how much you enjoy your travels.
10.) Runners share a secret. We know we may look and act a little weird by the standards of the sitdown workd, but we know to that our running is setting free the thoughts, words, and sensations which stagnate in non-movers.
11.) You run best when you cooperate with yourseld and your environment, coaxing out the benefits. You race best when you work against your natural benefits to slow down and avoid pain. In racing, you make a direct challenge to distance, time, terrain, and other racers.
12.) Realize it's normal to feel anxious and uncertain as you approach a race, because your nerves are getting you ready for hard work which you couldn't handle if you were calm. ANd accept the temporary pain that goes with racing effort, because overcoming pain makes racing worthwhile.
13.) As a runner, you are what you run, not what you eat. Dietary practices may smooth or block the path of running, but they don't provide any shortcuts.
14.) Without question, dietary quantity has the most direct influence on running. How much you eat determines how much you weight and your weight is what you carry with you. The less baggage you carry, the easier you run.
15.) Serious running ailments need not happen They do happen, of course, but they can be prevented if you are flexible in every sense of the word. Flexibility of the muslces is important, yes, but flexibility of the mind is much more so. Bend you running schedule to fit your feelings, not the other way around.
16.) The general rule for running after an injury or illness has occurred is this: If the symptons decrease of disappear as you go, keep going. YOu probably aren't doing yourself further harm. But if the symptoms grow as you go, stop before you hurt yourself anymore.
17.) The marathon is the ultimate endurance test. Oh sure, people sometimes go longer than that. But 26 miles 385 yards is where racing ends and where ludicrous extremes begin.
18.) The mile is the perfect test of prolonged speed. It is long enough to demand the intelligent pacing and tactics of a distance runner, but short enough that it requires the explosiveness of a sprinter.
19.) Remember the rule: endurance first, speed later. YOu pick up much of your speed not by training fast but by increasing your staying power. YOu can't do much more than sharpen up the speed you were born with, but you can train yourseldf not too poop out so soon when you're going fast if you practice a distances a lot longer than a mile,
20.) Running authorith Hal Higdon has written, "Perhaps the most cogent comment I can make on speed training is that the top runners use it too much and the bottom runners use it too little...My advice would be that the speed runners do less and the slow runners do more, and maybe we'll all meet in the middle."
Also, on the site it says that Vincent got 4th. :(
IT WAS ME. >:O