Runners Anonymous: The 12 Steps for Anyone With a Running Problem

  1. We admitted we were powerless over running—that our lives had become unmanageable without running.
  2. We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could never restore us to sanity.
  3. We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our fellow runners as if we understood them.
  4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves and realized that we are not perfect, and neither is anyone else.
  5. 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.
  6. We’re not sure that all of our defects of character can ever be removed by a Higher Power.
  7. We humbly asked our Higher Power to ignore our shortcomings, especially the running.
  8. We made an email list of all persons we had run with regularly and made friends with them all.
  9. We made plans to meet with other runners as often as possible, except when we were injured and needed to recover.
  10. We continued to take a personal inventory  of all our training runs and races, and when we were wrong, we promptly forgot about it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.