The Salty Running Manifesto

Starting line at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics via Life.

You might be expecting a Friday 5. This is our first Friday ever without one! But we have an excellent excuse. As an homage to yesterday’s guest poster, Greg Strosaker, we crafted our own manifesto. It’s a working document, so please feel free to suggest additions or changes to make one of the current entries sing!

Without further ado, we give you the Salty Running Manifesto:

Run without fear. Take reasonable safety precautions, but don’t let fear get in the way of doing what you love.

No excuses. When it’s time to run, you run. When it’s time to rest, you rest. Make no excuses for either.

Welcome toughness training. Running in bad weather, up hills, into the wind and while sleep-deprived will turn you into a badass on race day. 

Wear whatever you want to. Let your style be a reflection of your personality and wear what makes you feel strong and fast.

Know your body’s limits. Jumping the shark will only get you canceled.

Love your body for what it does. Forget those flaws and run body proud!

There are no shortcuts. Patience plus consistency is the only way to get faster.

Manage thy bounce! The right bra does wonders for body and mind.

Train your brain. Our brains dictate what our bodies do, so train your mind as much as your body.

Judge not another runner. Especially at races. We all do weird stuff when we’re nervous and a p.r. is on the line!

Be brave and try new things. Go crazy. You might just amaze yourself with what you’re capable of.

Pay it forward at every opportunityGive back by volunteering, by saying thank you, by appreciating those who make your running possible.

Come together in competition. Support your competitors; they can be your greatest allies and best friends.

Get un-pretty. Let dirt and sweat and salty skin be the banners of your achievements.

Dream big. Then dream bigger. You’re capable of so much more than you think.

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Any blog worth its weight in salt should be built around a manifesto – glad to see yours, and it’s a good one! I like the idea of posts specific to the points in the manifesto, I may have to think through that myself.

    1. That just kinda happened. What’s nice is we now have great topic ideas provided by the statements which are unlinked. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  2. What I love is that these points all made themselves! We keep coming back to the same principles and topics and it’s great to have one central location for them!

    1. Yes! This was way easier to write than I thought it would be and they all just made sense. As Greg said on DM, now we just need to make up the shirts and posters 🙂

  3. Hi Salty and gang! I just discovered this site yesterday, and I realize it’s pretty heavily “chick” oriented, but I’m enjoying it quite a bit! I’m a fairly new runner (never really did it before) but I’m starting to really get the bug.

    I especially like this point:

    “No excuses. When it’s time to run, you run. When it’s time to rest, you rest. Make no excuses for either.”

    I’ve been fighting “I don wanna do it”-itis with all the winter weather, but I tell you… every single time I just go out and run, I’m glad I did, even when it hurts.