Friday, 15 May 2015

Five years' worth of running tips in a single post

Running the Race is turning five next week!  I can honestly say that I've learnt so much from all of you during this time - through your comments, your e-mails, interviews and even through meeting some of you in person.  And since your advice, tips and sayings have meant so much to me, I thought I'd share some of my favourites right back at you - thank you!     

On why we run

"Why do I run?  How can I not run?" - octogenarian Gordon Booth from Run for your Life.

"I run for a better life." - Kenyan Edwin Kibet.

"I have found strength in my faith and in new friendships formed around a mutual love and respect for running as a way of life." - Peter John Moses.

"I've been running for more than 33 years now - it is the lifestyle that I choose and live". Johann from Run Tall, Walk Tall

The lifestyle that we choose and live.  Will, Miss K and me, seven months pregnant with Baby J, at a race in 2013. 

Tips for beginners

"Left earphone in, right earphone in.  Shoes on, get out there and take a deep breath.  Picture a fitter, healthier version of yourself.  Look at the nearest street lamp.  Run to your new body, and when you are done, congratulate yourself.  Next time repeat these steps, but run to the next street lamp.  Breathe in and out, listen to your body and have fun!" - Atlegang Mosimanekgosi from That Indie Runner.

"Consistency is key". - Johann from Run Tall, Walk Tall

"It won't always suck!" - Fancy Nancy from Living the Dream.  

"I try to make sure I have at least 36 to 48 hours between runs.  I need to give my body a chance to recover!" - Lisa from Lulu's Big Adventure

It won't always suck!

Tips for not skipping a run

"If I can run today and tomorrow...  Well, I run today!" - Stefano from Run with the Black Knight.

"Endorphins make everything better." - Anna Scott.

Hooray for endorphins!

Tips for mom runners

"Being adaptable is key." - Riana from Life at Large.

"As a mom you need to insist on dedicating a small portion of each day or week to exercise, or otherwise it will just not happen.  It is also important to involve your children in your running by letting them run or cycle with you.  I often treat my kids to smoothies or an ice cream after a family run, or by doing something that they enjoy." - Zola Budd

Zola and me.

Random tips

"The best way to celebrate a birthday is with a run, and dark chocolate helps too!". - Christy from My Dirt Road Anthem.

"Oh the runner's mind, ha.  It's definitely a maker or a breaker of a run!" - Hailey Hanna form Striding Strong

"Nothing beats a good stair workout when you're in a hurry." - Chris McPeake from Suck it up... Rantings from a runner on the edge.  

The best way to celebrate a birthday.

Here's to the next 50 years of running the race and Running the Race - thanks for running with me! 


  1. Yay! Happy 5 years! This post is so fun and creative, love it! :) I loved reading through all of the tips, and thanks for including me! I'm so glad we found each other's blog a while back, I will be a lifetime reader :)

    1. Thanks so much, Hailey! And I TOTALLY agree - having found running friends like you is what makes this journey so much fun!

  2. Happy 5 years! please get an instagram account and lets be insta people. Congratulations!!! Going to run 5 kilometres for Running The Race!

    1. Thanks, A! Great idea to do 5 km for Running the Race - I'm going to too!

      Lol, I think it's about high time I get on the Instragram wagon, right...? ;)

  3. Yay for 5 years! Great post to celebrate with too. Somewhere during the next 5 we will meet in person.

    1. Thanks, Johann! And I agree - it will be SO great to do a run with you and Anette!

  4. Happy 5 year anniversary!! Love the tips (and thanks for including mine!)

    1. Thanks, Lisa! I follow exactly the same rule (as your tip) - and I very rarely struggle with injuries or niggles. I'm a firm believer in resting enough in between runs! :)


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