Hi Friends! As you know, I ran the LA Marathon on Valentine's Day. Something super cool about the LA Marathon? They had 100s of students running the Marathon as part of Students Run LA or SRLA. We saw hundreds of kids in their bright yellow shirts / tanks running the marathon distance for the first time. They had to be at least 16 on race day in order to run.
I got to thinking how there are a few things you don't learn while marathon training. Sure, you learn how to put in the miles but you don't learn runner etiquette. That comes with experience. So with that I bring you my Rules for Road or how to Run a Race without PI$$ING anyone off!
1. Run in the middle, walk to the side!
This is a simple one. If you are going to run, stick to the center if you can so the walkers can pull over, so to speak. If you decide to slow to a walk or even a stop, PLEASE for all that is holy in the world, don't just come to a dead stop! Look around you and just as you would in a car, slowly make your way over to the side before slamming on your breaks!
2. Trash goes on the side of the Road
Again, this should be an easy one. When you run by an aid station and grab water, you drink the water and then throw the cup on the SIDE of the road. Not in front of you. Never in front of you. If I had a $1 for every time I saw a banana peel or a water cup or a GU wrapper right in front of me in the middle of the road on the course, I could run LAM lifetime for free! And if you can make a trash can, extra points!
3. Thank the Volunteers!
You think you woke up early to go run the course? Well, the volunteers did too and they don't get a big shiny medal at the end. They aren't getting paid. All that course support? Completely voluntary! So thank them for it. Every time you stop at an aid station, thank them. Without them, the race isn't possible.
4. Fast Runners: Don't Take All the Goodies at the End!
As a middle to back of the pack runner, I am constantly reminded that there were better goodies available if I had just crossed the finish line a little bit earlier. And why? Because the faster runners load their arms with all the goodies. I know not all fast runners do this and I know that some of the fault lies with the race directors for not stocking enough, but please leave some of the popsicles / space blankets/ protein bars for us slower runners.
If you see someone struggling towards the end of the course, smile at them. It goes a long way! A smile doesn't cost you time and this running thing is supposed to be fun. So let's do these miles with smiles. Sounds cliche I know but sometimes a smile during a long hard run or during a race is all I need to be able to run just 1 minute more. A smile goes a long way! So just like the take a penny, leave a penny dish, Take a Smile and Leave a Smile too!
I am linking up this post with Tuesdays on the Run blog link up with My No-Guilt Life, MCM Mama Runs and Marcia's Healthy Slice!
So tell me, what are your thoughts on the above? What would you add to this list? Do you fast runners hate me now?
As always, I wish you Happy Feet,