10 Rules for Running, Writing and Life

At the gym yesterday I started thinking through a list of running advice that would apply to writing (and any other pursuit). Along the lines of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Once you get started, you keep thinking of them. Like, don't be afraid to sweat. Rain is not an excuse to stay inside. Listen to your body. Adapt to the environment. Anyway, here are 10 Rules for Running, Writing and Life.

1. Start where you are.
2. Practice everyday.
3. Stay at your own pace.
4. Set goals and stick to them.
5. Boredom is your mind telling your body to quit. No one gets bored walking for a half hour. (Got this one from my dad.)
6. Accept bad days, even on cool, perfect, beautiful days when you had a good night's sleep and feel fine. (The opposite will happen too.)
7. Push yourself but not so hard that you won't go out tomorrow.
8. Remember mental stamina will give out before physical (from The Self-Coached Runner).
9. Don't worry about how you look to others.
10. Keep moving forward.


  1. Know where you're headed.

  2. Oh--just saw this now. Thanks! That's a good one.


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