A few tips, tricks and observations on running

Random Tidbit: I tie tennis shoes two different ways. One way for each foot. Trendsetter, right here.

I have been running for about 3 years now. There have been hiatuses, but like anyone else that likes their wardrobe the way it is and is to undisciplined to watch what I eat, I return to running again and again. Why?


1. Because it’s cheap, for the most part. I don’t need a membership or a lot of special gear.

2. The fact that I like to eat means I need to run.

3. The endorphin rush is pretty nice at the end of a run.

4. Almost every charity you can think of has a run of some kind that you can be a part of. There is no cause not worth running for. There are even apps that let you earn money for your favorite charity while you run.

5. A lot of good ideas come to you when you are running. Again, that endorphin rush…


1. Get good shoes. You are going to be pounding your feet on a variety of surfaces. Whether you prefer minimalist shoes or a lot of support, get the best ones you can afford for your budget. There is a plethora of shoes to choose from. If you can, take someone with you that can guide you thru shoes that isn’t a sales person.

2. Get good ear buds. It’s Christmas-time folks. Don’t be afraid to go to Amazon and send a link to all your friends about the style and color of headphones you want. You don’t want the inside of your ears to get rubbed raw by crappy head phones.

3. The one time running can get expensive is if you live in a colder climate. As fall and winter come around, you want to invest in some gloves and a head band. Maybe a face mask too. Just don’t wear the full set of gear into a store or bank. The face mask especially can be taken the wrong way by edgy bank tellers.

4. Run when it’s dark so you don’t have to worry about anyone seeing you. This was really great for me since I was self-conscious about my running.

5. This kind of contradicts number four but,  run with a friend. It’s the only way I can stay consistent at it. I lack self-discipline. I need accountability.


1. There aren’t any tricks. Unless you count crossing a start line with your electronic tag, getting into a cab and then jumping out right at the end of the race to cross the finish line. But that’s a mean trick called cheating.

Running is all about you and the pavement.  It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you are.

2 thoughts on “A few tips, tricks and observations on running

  1. trueindigo says:

    Excellent list for runners.

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