Taking Running Advice: Consider the Source


by: Mark Lamb

Running magazines will mess you up.

My roommate has started to get a running magazine-- and I sneak it into my pile of reading every chance I get.

It is full of advice on everything from shorts to shoes to snacks. You can have a new diet every month with magazines like that. Every month it is full of the "new" findings on running everything. So what happens?

I try it.

Went for a run a few days ago. A mile in I was thinking about an article on stride length. Next thing I know is that I am galloping like a horse and teenagers in cars passing me are shouting names at me. 

I am a sucker for trends of all sorts. Magazines and running blogs will mess me up.

But a while back I was at the YMCA. An ancient man that runs 6 miles a day, and has for decades was putting his shoes on. I asked him how he maintained running every day.

"Take care of your feet."

Lieutenant Dan told Forrest Gump the same thing, so I decided to probe a little further.

The ancient man said, "Tie your shoes comfortable after you've broken them in for a week, then never tie them again. Leave them tied just tight enough you can slide your shoe on and off. That's the first step to taking care of your feet."

And then he walked away without another word-- not much of the conversationalist in the middle of the men's locker room at the YMCA.

But since he told me, I've done it. And my feet are fine.

A magazine will change from month to month. But the ancient tends to last a little longer.

Do you have an old runner to talk to? What have you learned? Let us know in the comments below!

Mark is a creative, an instigator, and humorist living in Athens, GA. He has served with Connect Ministries as the leader of the WinShape Camps Experience Team for sometime. He is a reluctant runner-- only running with others because he always quits and sides with snacks when fronted with running alone. Mark likes to call himself a "marathoner" since he completed one.  Follow Mark on twitter @marktlamb