10OF com­mand­ments RUN­NING

Jamaica Gleaner - - HEALTH & FITNESS -

RUN­NING IS all about free­dom, right? It’s about es­cap­ing the daily grind, re­leas­ing those dor­mant en­dor­phins, while cel­e­brat­ing what it re­ally means to be glo­ri­ously, breath­lessly, chest­pump­ingly alive, right?

Well, yes and no. Free­dom is all well and good, but what if you’re ir­ri­tat­ing other peo­ple or per­haps other run­ners while you’re en­joy­ing it? It’s at such times that a run­ning eti­quette guide comes in handy. So take note of th­ese sim­ple points – I call them the 10 com­mand­ments of run­ning.

The next time you’re out run­ning, re­mem­ber free­dom is much more fun with a few rules thrown in. Thou shalt nod hello

If you see some­one run­ning to­wards you, as long as they haven’t re­cently com­mit­ted a rob­bery or es­caped from prison, nod a quick hello. En­joy a fleet­ing mo­ment of shared hu­man­ity. Come on peo­ple, share a lit­tle love. What’s the harm?

Thou shalt com­mute con­sid­er­ately Run­ning to some­where makes a lot of sense, but it also brings with it cer­tain re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Run­ning to a place that has a shower is ob­vi­ously fine. Things get trick­ier if you run to pub­lic trans­port, where the only rea­son­able thing to do is to stand by the door, silently sweat­ing and look­ing long­ingly at the seats, rather than ru­in­ing some­one else’s jour­ney by ac­tu­ally sit­ting in one of them.

Thou shalt not flaunt your phlegm It’s not big. It’s not clever. But some­times when you’re out for a run, you do need to clear your nose. If you’re some­where ru­ral and re­mote, it’s not an is­sue. Free your phlegm with the fre­quency of a foot­baller. Oth­er­wise, ask your­self one sim­ple ques­tion: “Will any­one see me do this?” If the an­swer is yes, ide­ally, wait un­til you’re out of sight.

Thou shalt share the path Run­ning two or three abreast on a busy path is the equiv­a­lent of sit­ting in the mid­dle lane on a mo­tor­way. Do it mind­lessly and you’ll ir­ri­tate peo­ple, get sworn at and have no one but your­self to blame if you end up get­ting pushed into an on­com­ing car.

Thou shalt dress with dig­nity

Ladies, please wear a sports bra ... it’s just not healthy for you to have your boobs jump­ing all over the place. Be­sides, it’s dis­tract­ing. Equally, gen­tle­men, loosen up the shorts, the ’70s are over.

Though shalt not lit­ter Don’t do it, se­ri­ously. Look around you, it’s lovely here. So put that en­ergy gel wrap­per back in your pocket.

Thou shalt be re­al­is­tic on race day You’ve all seen him – the man (it’s al­ways a man) who lines up sui­ci­dally close to the front of the pack, and can­ters off at a rate he has no hope of sus­tain­ing, and ends up walk­ing, hands on hips, be­fore the race is half-done, hav­ing been shunted out of the way by hun­dreds of more hon­est athletes with el­bows as sharp as their legs are thin. Don’t be that man. Thou shalt have a bit of com­mon sense At the risk of sound­ing like a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion film, do you re­ally think it makes sense to turn your mu­sic up so loud that you can’t hear cars? Or to run around blind cor­ners in the di­rec­tion of traf­fic? Or sprint across the road in front of a car be­cause you don’t want to in­ter­rupt your thresh­old ses­sion? Do you? Re­ally?

Thou shalt say thank you to mar­shals Across the land, race mar­shals get up be­fore dawn on Sun­day morn­ings to stand for hours on street cor­ners and stop you from get­ting lost. If you’re not al­ready say­ing thanks to th­ese plas­tic cup­wield­ing, tabard-wear­ing saints, you might want to ask your­self a few ques­tions.

Thou shalt not take your­self too se­ri­ously Run­ning is not a com­pe­ti­tion. En­joy the pound­ing of your feet against the pave­ment and en­joy the joy of run­ning.

Now, who is com­ing to run with the Sonic Step­pers Run­ning Club or work out with the Dy­namic Life­style?

Ex­pe­ri­ence the dy­nam­i­clifestyle boot camp on Oc­to­ber 22. Your body will thank you for it! Only $1,500. Call:876-GETTFIT (876-438-8348) for more info.

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