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23 Things Only Runners Are Lucky Enough To Understand

23 Things Only Runners Are Lucky Enough To Understand

So I’m sitting here right now in a house that isn’t my own (I’m dog sitting), writing this article, alone except for the presence of a renovation crew that’s hammering away in the kitchen (they don’t really speak English so communication has been a blast so far). Most would find this to be a stressful situation.

How does this tie into running? One of the reasons people run is because it’s a great stress reliever. The above anecdote therefore has some extra significance, because there’s nothing I’d rather do right now than get on a pair of running shoes and hit the pavement.

In the two years I’ve been a runner, I’ve come to understand that there’s far more to this underrated sport than meets the eye. What are some attributes of regular runners, you ask?

1. They are usually happier.

    Once you get past the first few weeks of feeling like your legs want to rip themselves off, running becomes less of a chore and more of necessity. Eventually you’ll recover from your runs overnight, and it’s at that point that you’ll want to it everyday in order to deal with any excess stress.

    2. They spark spontaneous friendships with other runners.

      I met one of my best friends while out on a run, basically on a whim. I knew her previously but it was the fact that we both loved running that brought us together in a more permanent fashion. From then on we went on lots of runs together, and we’ve been workout buddies ever since. You too can befriend one of us crazy runners; all you have to do is find a pair of decent shoes…

      3. They are more determined.

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        Ever since I started running, I started to get a better sense of my physical limits. And I found, for the most part, that I don’t really have any when I put my mind to it. I’m not saying I can run a marathon every day, but I know that I can do a lot more than I assume I can do. This gives you greater confidence not only when running, but when reading a book, studying for a test, etc. Back in college I would often have little four hour writing sessions where I’d knock out entire ten page essays, usually in one go. I would not have been able to do that had running not pushed me beyond my self-imposed limits and taught me that I had a lot more to give than I thought.

        4. They can eat whatever they want (in moderation).

          For the record, I’m not suggesting you go out and eat ten thousand calories after every run. Despite the fact that running is one of the best calorie burning exercises around, it still only gets rid of about 800 calories an hour (depending on multiple factors of course). You aren’t Michael Phelps, in other words. What you can do, however, is cut yourself some slack when it comes to your meals (compared to the average person), since you’ll need those calories to fuel your hobby anyways.

          5. They get to change out their wardrobe a lot.

          Before I started running I was about twenty pounds heavier than I am now. I mean, I was pretty light for my height then, but the running streamlined me. This meant that I had to buy new jeans and shirts every few months, since I kept shrinking. For those who like buying clothes, this could be a good motivator for you. Also, you’ll always be in the market for running clothes, especially those of the neon variety.

          6. They are always seeking cool new shoes.

            Now, you don’t want to change your running shoes too often, but I won’t deny that choosing your next pair is often an exciting activity in itself. Usually, a decent amount of research and testing goes into it since you’ll likely be using them for around six months, at the least (mine have lasted about a year on average). It also matters how they look too, so that will be a factor in your decision. I don’t know if this is just me, but I’ve always enjoyed looking for my next pair of running shoes and measuring the pros and cons of a variety of them.

            7. They are always weighing whether or not it’s worth it to bring water on a run.

            In the beginning, I always brought a water bottle with me on my runs. Now I only do it when it’s either extremely hot, or I’m planning on doing something crazy like go for a personal record. You’ll probably end up doing something similar, because what you’ll often find is that lugging around a water bottle hurts more than it helps; plus, there are usually public water fountains everywhere.

            8. They run faster and longer when being watched.

            Don’t lie, fellow runners, you like it when people are watching you run. You get to show off your svelte exterior and pretend that they are a bemused audience witnessing your grand feat of endurance. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I always get something of a second wind when I see a fellow runner on a route. I get especially giddy when they nod their head towards me, which is something like an acknowledgement that “hey, you’re also in the cool kid’s running club!”

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            9. They secretly laugh at non-runners who think two miles is a lot.

              Back in my earlier days as a runner, but long after I had gotten my legs under me, I would get asked how I had lost so much weight. My answer would be that I ran around two miles every other day. They would usually gasp, imagining it to be some painful odyssey I was undertaking. I would humor their response, usually, but afterwards I’d chuckle to myself. Any runner out there knows that two miles every other day is pretty weak, and once you start running you’ll probably laugh at it too. That being said, that “easy” workout will still allow you to become far more in shape than you are now.

              10. They all prefer running in the morning, but it usually doesn’t happen.

              I have this fantasy in my head where I wake up every morning at 5:30AM in order to capture the morning cold and start my day off with a brisk run. Usually, this doesn’t happen, and I applaud those runners who have the mental fortitude to do this every day. I know I said that running makes you more determined, but getting out of bed is one of the things that isn’t affected by that sadly.

              11. They love taking cold showers.

              I never took a cold shower until I was a runner. I happen to live in an incredibly hot valley, and so when I run here I’m usually extremely overheated (hence why I fantasize about running at 5:30AM). By the end, I’m literally craving a cold shower. In fact, the icier the better. Usually I’ll just stand there, arctic water chilling my skull, for several minutes. The good news is that, if you ever lose your hot water in the future, you’ll be used to the alternative!

              12. They use running to enhance their brain’s capabilities.

                Studies have shown that running improves your memory. It goes beyond that, though. In college I used to go on runs whenever I was jumbling multiple papers, projects, and other responsibilities, both to deal with the stress and figure out a way to handle it all. While running, you usually enter this phase where you’ll be able to think more clearly (what is usually known as “runner’s high”), and it’s here that you’ll be able to calmly and rationally put your crazy life in order. I’ve also found that going on a run after a big study session helps you retain what you’ve learned, much like sleeping does.

                13. They rely on runs as a way to boost their energy.

                Once you pass a certain threshold, running begins to boost your energy rather than drain it. If you don’t believe me, read this. Runners run to give themselves the lift they need to get through their day; they don’t do it to tire themselves out!

                14. They sleep better at night.

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                  Running won’t induce narcolepsy during the day, but it will help you sleep better at night. All of that nervous energy that keeps you up will have been spent.

                  15. They have better stamina than you.

                  I once went on a hike with my crazy active Uncle (“once” meaning a month and a half ago). It was a difficult hike, mostly uphill, slippery, and possibly laced with Deer ticks. Anyways, my Uncle (who hadn’t seen me since before I started running), was astonished that I pretty handily beat him up the endless trail. Moral of the story: don’t underestimate a runner’s stamina! We’ll beat most normal folks with ease…

                  16. They don’t suffer from as much acne.

                  I used to have terrible acne, but nowadays it’s pretty much kept in check both by a plethora of powerful creams and…running! Just be aware that while running unclogs your pores, you’ll need to wash your face afterwards or all that dirt will just seep back in.

                  17. They will outlive you.

                    Unsurprisingly, runners suffer from both fewer diseases and potentially death-causing incidents like heart attacks as they get older. You probably already knew this though, it’s basically common sense.

                    18. They don’t have to avoid carbs; in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

                      Silly diets won’t help you lose weight, only a decent workout plan and a balanced intake of calories will. As a runner, carb intake is far from discouraged, in fact, it’s encouraged. If you see a skinny person wolfing down a giant bowl of pasta at night, chances are they’re going for a run in the morning. Take that Atkins!

                      19. They don’t need a gym to get their workout.

                      In college, I always laughed when friends would say stuff like “oh the gym’s closed, guess I won’t be working out today.” Silly person! The world is your gym! Well, at least if you’re a runner, or are emulating the montage from Rocky IV. You don’t need a treadmill to burn that fat away.

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                      20. They take far too much time creating running playlists.

                      This is always a struggle. Do I add “Eye of the Tiger” to the middle of the playlist, so that it will play when I’m really starting to feel strained, or at the end to provide one final boost? This is more of a difficult choice than you’d think.

                      21. They have an excuses to wear spandex.

                        Unlike all of those girls who wear yoga pants to look good, we wear spandex out of necessity. You know, because, uh, aerodynamics! Right…?

                        22. They are aware of every running route in their hometown.

                        If you’re a runner you probably use an app on your smartphone to both check your progress and seek out new routes to run. Or if it’s not an app, you look online. Or on a map. Whatever works. Either way, if you know a runner, chances are they know all of the cool little secret paths you can run on in your town.

                        23. They want you to join in.

                          Runners love nothing more than to see other people out there working up a sweat with them. It’s encouraging, and makes what is usually a solitary experience less lonely. Plus, you can encourage each other! So, do me and yourself a favor…get out there!

                          Featured photo credit: Out Running/ Mark Stevens via flickr.com

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                          Last Updated on October 30, 2018

                          How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                          How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                          What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                          To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                          All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                          There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                          With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                          What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                          1.Think big.

                            From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                            “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                            There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                            Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                            Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                            Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                            Instead be ambitious.

                            2.Find what you love to do and do it.

                              From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                              “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                              This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                              Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                              If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                              Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                              Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                              Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                              3. Learn how to balance life.

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                                From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                4. Do not be afraid of failure.

                                  From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                  “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                  There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                  Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                  His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                  He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                  Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                  Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                  5. Have an unwavering resolution to succeed.

                                    From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                    “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                    This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                    It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

                                    If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

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                                    Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                    6. Be a person of action.

                                      From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                      “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                      Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                      Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                      When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renissance era Italy, we think of Michaelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci.

                                      Or think about the present day:

                                      Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                      You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                      All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                      Applying this to you?

                                      Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                      7. Avoid conflicts.

                                        From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                        The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                        The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                        People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                        This is key to good leadership.

                                        It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                        But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                        What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                        As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

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                                        8. Don’t be afraid of introducing new ideas.

                                          From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                          “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                          It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                          Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                          If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                          9. Believe in your capacity to succeed.

                                            From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                            “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                            Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                            It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                            Keep dreaming!

                                            10. Always maintain a positive mental attitude.

                                              From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                              “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                              Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                              Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                              If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                              However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                              11. Don’t let discouragement stop you from pressing on.

                                                From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

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                                                When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

                                                Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                Take a look at these 5 Ways to Stop Self Doubt in its Tracks.

                                                12. Be willing to work hard.

                                                  From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                  “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                  You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                  Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                  True success comes from work.

                                                  You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                  Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                  13. Be brave enough to follow your intuition.

                                                    From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                    “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                    In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                    If you strongly believe and desire something, the chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                    It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                    Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                    Final thoughts

                                                    What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                    Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this:

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