I started running because of a group road trip to a race.
I ran my first marathon because of a Clydesdale friend who wouldn’t stop asking.
I met my closest after each move from pounding the pavement.
The running community is everywhere…but we all seem to connect in different ways.In between those highlight personal connections there were my early years of running that I spent on the Forum’s of CoolRunning.com. It’s where I learned about the idea of online challenges well before I ever began blogging…but clearly it stuck (hello 7 years of the Holiday Sweat Challenge going strong!).
It was there that I lamented about my IT Band and got support as I continued working to lose the weight which made me feel like my exterior no longer matched the runner inside.
Then of course came the blog which exponentially grew my community and for that I will be forever grateful.
I can find a running friend in any city.
I can get answers to the most random of running questions (what’s up with my big toe in this particular shoe.
I can get feedback on products before spending my hard earned moola.
But mostly this solo runner learned that whether I spend the miles alone or with a friend that community still exists and is absolutely vital to the long term enjoyment of my running life.Help a runner today - Share your #running community! Click To Tweet
If you do struggle with a community, first I encourage you to read how to find a running group and then I encourage you get on social media with me!!! As the founder of #WeRunSocial says:
You may think we are bragging. You may think it’s overkill. Heck, you’re probably right the majority of the time. But somewhere out there in the interwebs is someone who is hesitating about their next run or debating about starting their training plan. They might be thinking “I’ll start on Monday.”
They know they should go out now, they know they want to, but they just don’t have that little bump of inspiration or encouragement. We have all experienced this. We have all had that hesitation creep in about our next workout. We feel tired and want to skip the run entirely.
How many people have been looking on Instagram and seen @RunEMZ throw down a 20 miler on a Tuesday (on a treadmill) and thought “damn, and I’m questioning my 5-miler today?”
THAT. That is the reason we share on social about running. Because EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE has had a moment where they have drawn strength from social.
- Use #TeamRunToTheFinish and I’ll find you.
- Use #WeRunSocial and you’ll suddenly find tons of race meet ups.
- Use #SweatPink or #FitFluential and you’ll find motivation and people around you connecting over the same things.
- Again join my page! We’re chatting and answering questions.
- Join a private group that posts links or has chats (FitFluential Running | Runfies | No Excuse Runners)
- Search for local run groups (i.e. I found Denver Trail Runners which posts info I’d never know about otherwise!
And of course nothing beats the group I coach. No sales here. It’s just the truth.
3 of us spent the last week trying to track down a team member who suddenly when MIA. Upon learning she was in the hospital we immediately agreed it was time to send flowers and a lot more emails so she had support…see it’s not just about the running side by side…it’s the support in all areas of life that really make a community special.Feeling unmotivated?? Find your online #running community and let's go! Click To Tweet
So nothing spectacular to learn here today…I just want a moment to connect!!
Where is your running community?
Online? In person? You might help someone else, so be specific!
What does having a community do for you?
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