By Davy Kestens
The No-Nos of Running:
- Lining up at the front of the race and then running slower than a baby can crawl.
- Abruptly stopping during a race. Move to the side first!
- Running without recovery days, and then complaining about getting injured.
- Not returning greetings or simple nods when passing another runner.
- Don’t bring your untrained dog to a race.
- “I just started running. Can I run a marathon in 6 weeks?”
- If you must spit or blow your nose please do so at the back of the pack.
- Runners, don’t run WITH traffic. (Are you crazy?)
- Don’t be a jerk when talking about your pace. (Check out these cartoons)
- Cutting other runners off & slowing down.
- Throwing drinks at the feet of the runners behind you.
Act like a grown-up and throw it in the bin a few paces down the road.
- Not paying attention to traffic or signals: It makes us all look bad.
- Ignoring injuries and trying to ‘run through’ them.
- If you use someone’s mp3-player / gps-tracker, recharge the batteries!
- Don’t group-hog the entire road/trail width! Let others pass.
- Being unaware of your surroundings. Does your music have to be that loud? Really?
- Stopping IMMEDIATELY after the finish line. Keep going a few meters to get out of the way.
- Don’t give advice without being asked. This holds true to most sports.
- Bitching about what’s better: Minimal, barefoot or simple running shoes.
Choose your own poison and enjoy yourself.
- Not thanking the volunteers.
- If you must, then at least look before you spit.
- Don’t be an elitist *insert inappropriate word*. Whether people run 2 miles or 50 miles a week, they’re runners.
- If the track is very busy, don’t run upstream.
- If you have a bad case of the tummy demons, it’s nice to move to the back of the line as to not poison the rest of the group behind you.
- Play nice. Follow the track rules, and don’t be arrogant when someone points out those rules. Crowded tracks need a set of standards to avoid injuries.
- Don’t cheat races.
- Inside lanes on tracks are for fast runners.
- Don’t literally push people forward when the starting gun has fired.
- Don’t complain about the workout of your group / partner.
- If running with someone slower, don’t pressure them to speed up.
- When your running on trails with your dog, clean up its mess.