All week, everyone’s been talking about Miley Cyrus’ performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs on Sunday night. It was the most memorable part of the entire show and it left viewers wondering what they had just seen and what happened to the cute, innocent Hannah Montana of five years ago.
We get it, she’s grown up now and she’s “just being Miley,” but the Salty ladies found that her performance had some underlying running lessons too.
1. Work it, don’t twerk it. Twerking is so in right now, it’s even being added to the dictionary. But when it comes to race day, save the twerking for the post race party. But if you really work it during said race, you should be crushing your goals and probably will be too sore to twerk it later on!
2. A nude PVC sports bra and matching bun huggers aren’t the best race day outfit idea. We’re all about working it if you got it. Heck, we even had a Salty challenge last year encouraging you to stop fearing running in just a sports bra and shorts when it’s hot outside. But stick to colors that aren’t the same color as your skin. People will probably get the wrong impression when you run by and you don’t want to end up ruining your race, like the man who was arrested for running naked during a marathon.
3. Don’t hang all over the masters men’s team, their wives (or mothers!) are probably watching. Miley is 20 years old, Robin Thicke is 36. She’s still not old enough to drink legally and the same age as thousands of collegiate cross country runners who wouldn’t (and shouldn’t!) give a masters runner the time of day. And in a public place like a running trail or at a race, you never know who’s watching.
4. If you happen upon a pack of bears (dancing or not), don’t smack them on the butt! Seasoned trail runners should already know this, but if you’re running in an area where bear sightings are frequent, leave them alone. Sure they may look cute and innocent, but they get pretty mad when runners invade their homes in the forest.
5. A little humility goes a long way. Show some respect for yourself, your hard work and that of your fellow runners. There’s little room in the running community for people who are arrogant — we all know there’s already plenty of them, so why add to it? Celebrate your successes and don’t forget about the friends you made along the way if a better deal comes along. Miley skipped her own post-VMA party to record a remix with Kanye West. Just like the arrogant runners who like to draw lots of attention to themselves, but end up being all talk, Miley didn’t win any Moon Men that night. Runners remember the ones who are modest, perform well and are kind to their fellow runners.