The Runner’s Rule Book.

Buying Mark Remy's book at the NYC Marathon Expo, 10/31/09

The Expos that are held before marathons are like candy stores for runners, only instead of sample jelly beans you find bite-sized pieces of Power Bars and small cups of POM juice to wash them down.  The excitement created at this year’s NYC Expo was no exception.  As I walked down one of the aisles, I noticed a man in an “Author” hat at the Runner’s World table.  It turned out to be Mark Remy, executive editor of RunnersWorld.com.  There were copies of his new book The Runner’s Rule Book: Everything A Runner Needs To Know -And Then Some on the table.  The page I opened said to “run the mile you’re in”; such excellent advice the night before a marathon.  I also noticed that many of the rules included funny running humor.  Sold!  I bought the book, got to briefly chat with Mark, and he autographed it.  It was a really cool experience.  I have since been able to share this book with a fellow runner and recently had it returned back to me.  As I read it for a second time, I find myself nodding in agreement at so many of the rules that Mark discusses.  Here’s a copy of that random page I had turned to at the Expo:

RULE 2.27  – RUN THE MILE THAT YOU’RE IN:

Especially for longer races (but even for short ones, like 5-ks), it can be tempting to dwell on the total distance or on how far you are from the finish line.  Try not to.  Instead, focus on the mile you’re running at that particular moment.  Be mindful of the full distance, of course; mentally and physically, you should be aware of how far you’ve got to go.  Primarily, though, keep your head in the here and now.  That’s a nice metaphor for life, too, by the way.  In case you were looking for one.”

Thanks, Mark.  I was.

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