Running Faux Pas

Before one gets involved in running, there are a few things to be aware of.  Just some simple do’s and don’ts that can make a huge in difference in the running experience.  for example:

running causes one to sweat, a lot.  Sorry, but it’s true.  Be watchful for tiny bugs, also known as gnats, flying aimlessly in the air.  They don’t watch out for you and if, in the unfortunate event, you run into a swarm of them, they tend to stick to your face, arms, and chest.  Something to look out for. Also try to keep your mouth closed.  

I know running can be painful, but try not to let it show.  Control those emotions!  Otherwise it makes for some seriously embarrassing pictures.

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When running a race, be sure to count the laps correctly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen High School track runners exhaust everything they have on the seventh lap, passing three people on the way to the finish line.  They raise their arms in triumph, they cheer and jump up and down!  But wait… why are the three they passed still running?  The two mile is eight times around the track not seven.  Embarrassing, but quite funny.

One more tid bit of advice when racing.  Be sure to use the bathroom before a fast paced distance race… or you may have trouble holding it there at the end.

http://themycenaean.org/2010/11/runners-bladder-nothing-to-be-ashamed-of/

This may be unavoidable, but try to pay attention to your surroundings.  I’m sure we have all seen runners fall on their faces.  I’m also quite sure, although harder to admit, that we have all fallen ourselves while running.  If falling does in fact become unavoidable, try not to injure the poor innocent runners around you as you go down.

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And last but not least, get some fashion sense!  Maybe this is just my opinion… but this look does not say runner to me…

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It says, hi… I’m here to run like a little girl. Again maybe that’s just me.  Any other opinions on the running skirt? But take a look at the picture below… she looks a little more like a runner.

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