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Runners Anonymous: The 12 Steps for Anyone With a Running Problem
- We admitted we were powerless over running—that our lives had become unmanageable without running.
- We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could never restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our fellow runners as if we understood them.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and realized that we are not perfect, and neither is anyone else.
- We admitted to our Higher Power, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our addiction to running, as if it wasn’t totally obvious.
- We’re not sure that all of our defects of character can ever be removed by a Higher Power.
- We humbly asked our Higher Power to ignore our shortcomings, especially the running.
- We made an email list of all persons we had run with regularly and made friends with them all.
- We made plans to meet with other runners as often as possible, except when we were injured and needed to recover.
- We continued to take a personal inventory of all our training runs and races, and when we were wrong, we promptly forgot about it.
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power as we interpret it, praying only for refreshment and food after each run – maybe a pizza – and the power to carry it out or have it delivered.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of running, we tried to spread this message to other runners and to practice no particular principles in all our affairs.