Happy Friday, friends!
When you read this, most likely I will be on my way to Tracktown, USA–a.k.a., Eugene, Oregon, home of the legendary Oregon Track Club and Steve Prefontaine. I am so excited to get down there, see some Oiselle birds and Twitter pals, and run part of the Eugene Marathon!
I didn’t want to miss participating in this week’s Friday 5 Link-Up before scooting out of town, so here I am.
This week’s topic is 5 Ways to Share the Love of Running. Let’s go!
5. Go on a run/walk with a friend who’s not a runner.
I recently went on a run/walk with a close friend of mine who’s interested in getting back into running after taking several years off. She wasn’t sure if she would be able to run even a mile but she surprised herself. We ran about a mile and a half at her pace and then walked the rest of the way. We both had a great time and it increased her confidence to continue running and build her mileage. I hope she’s inspired enough to run a race with me later this year!
4. Give a running gift.
I love to give running gifts to friends who run. So far I’ve bought the Believe Training Journal and Oiselle arm-warmers to my running partners/friends, and a running partner once bought me Schwings. I enjoy shopping for running gifts because I love running gear.
3. Join a running club/group.
One way to share your love of running with others is to find like-minded people. I’m a member of Team Nuun, the Oiselle Flock, Tacoma Runners, and an international Facebook group of people who ran the New York City Marathon in 2013 (it’s a really close group–people even exchange Secret Santa gifts!). Practically every city has a running club/group for regular people (i.e., not a racing club), and if your city doesn’t have one, you can find groups online to join for a run. If you just want to talk about running, you can join the conversation on #RunChat on Twitter.
2. Organize a relay team.
For all but one of the last four years, I’ve organized a relay team to raise funds for a local non-profit and run the Tacoma City Marathon.To fill my 5-person team, I’ve recruited runners and non-runners. Being a part of a relay team is a blast–and even the non-runners (who I essentially forced to run–hee hee) have enjoyed it and been inspired to keep running.
1. Write a blog.
How could I complete this list without including blog-writing as a way to share the love of running? I started my blog as a personal outlet so that I wouldn’t bore my non-running friends anymore with my incessant talk about training and racing. I didn’t really expect to have other people read my blog, but they have, and so I’ve been able to share my running love with people other than myself. I’ve been told by more than one person that I’ve inspired them to run–which floors me and really warms my heart. Really truly.
What’s your favorite way to share your love of running or fitness? What is your favorite thing about running? Who inspired you to start running?
This is my contribution to the DC Trifecta’s Friday 5 Link-Up. Please check out the Trifecta’s individual blogs: Courtney at Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar at Mar on the Run, and Cynthia at You Signed up for What?! And If you’re a blogger, please consider linking up.