Blazer Blogs #7 - Kristina Vaughn

Oct. 27, 2010

After braving the Land of Oz in Boone, N.C., smashing the local competition in Hoover and picking up a number of personal bests in both Memphis and Fayetteville, this week we head to Tulsa to compete in the Conference USA Cross Country Championships. Ultimately, this meet is the epitome of our season, and this blog should naturally be a statement about the blood, sweat and tears we've shed in order to run our very best at this championship meet. However, this really isn't my style, so I thought I'd share something I recently stumbled upon while entertaining myself on A Mr. Joe Kelly came up with a list of "Commandments of Running" and after reading through these, I found them very telling of our sport in a number of ways. Hope you all enjoy, and stay tuned for big news from our conference meet next Monday!

  • Don't be a whiner. Nobody likes a whiner, not even other whiners.
  • Walking out the door is often the toughest part of a run.
  • Don't make running your life. Make it part of your life.
  • During group training runs, don't let anyone run alone.
  • Keep promises, especially ones made to yourself.
  • The faster you are the less you should talk about your times.
  • Keep a quarter in your pocket. One day you'll need to call for a ride.
  • Don't compare yourself to other runners.
  • Keep in mind that the later in the day it gets, the more likely it is that you won't run.
  • For a change of pace, get driven out and then run back.
  • If it was easy, everybody would be a runner.
  • When standing in starting lines, remind yourself how fortunate you are to be there.
  • Getting out of shape is much easier than getting into shape.
  • Talk like a runner. "Singlets" are worn on warm days. "Tank tops" are worn to the beach.
  • Don't talk about your running injuries. People don't want to hear about your sore knee or black toe.
  • Don't always run alone.
  • Don't always run with people.
  • Approach running as if the quality of your life depended on it.
  • Keep in mind that the harder you run during training, the luckier you'll get during racing.
  • There are no shortcuts to running excellence.
  • The best runs sometimes come on days when you didn't feel like running.
  • Be modest after a race, especially if you have reason to brag.
  • Think twice before agreeing to run with someone during a race.
  • Look at hills as opportunities to pass people.
  • Distance running is like cod liver oil. At first it makes you feel awful, then it makes you feel better.
  • Never throw away the instructions to your running watch.
  • Don't try to outrun dogs.
  • Don't trust runners who show up at races claiming to be tired, out of shape or not feeling well.
  • Don't wait for perfect weather. If you do, you won't run very often.
  • When tempted to stop being a runner, make a list of the reasons you started.
  • Without goals, training has no purpose.
  • Go for broke, but be prepared to be broken.
  • Make progress in your training, but progress at your own rate.
  • "Winning" means different things to different people.
  • Unless you make your living as a runner, don't take running too seriously.
  • Runners who never fail are runners who never try anything great.
  • Never tell a runner that he or she doesn't look good in tights
  • Never confuse the Ben-Gay tube with the toothpaste tube.
  • Never apologize for doing the best you can.
  • Preventing running injuries is easier than curing them.
  • Running is simple. Don't make it complicated.
  • Running is always enjoyable. Sometimes, though, the joy doesn't come until the end of the run.
Go Blazers!
Kristina Vaughn