26 May 2015
1. For supposedly free sport, it’s easy to spend a lot of money on. Sure, you don’t NEED that colour co-ordinating, dry fit, sweat wicking outfit to run – but it sure makes it a lot more fun.
2. No matter how supportive they are, your friends, family and significant others will get sick of you talking about running. No-one is that patient.
3. Find other runners to talk to – who else will willingly discuss the benefits of one brand of sock over another for half an hour?
4. Anti-chafing cream is your friend.
5. Despite there being hundreds of flavours to choose from, all energy gels taste like a disgusting, gooey mess that is not fit for human consumption.
6. Ignore the people who tell you “carb loading is a myth”. What on earth is the point of training for a marathon if you can’t use it as an excuse to eat a huge bowl of pasta the night before a big run?
8. All the early mornings, the missed social outings, the pain, blood, sweat and tears will absolutely be worth it when you cross the finish line.
Bonus point – there is absolutely no shame in wearing your finisher’s medal to work the next day, and for a week after that.