Recently, one of my good friends (we’ll call her L) asked me to help her design a running plan so she can tone up a bit before her upcoming wedding (and just to improve her fitness in general). I was pretty excited to jump in and help her and of course said yes instantly! If you’ve never introduced (or re-introduced) a friend to running, you may want to think about it. I’ve been having so much fun! Here’s why you will too:
- You have an instant new running buddy! I’m always excited to have someone to run with and its been fun to be able to run and catch up with L. Run dates are a healthy, fun and free way to spend some time with your favorite people.
- It’s fun to introduce someone to your
obsessionfavorite hobby. Let’s face it, once you get the running bug, it tends to take over your life a bit. Races, foam rolling, injuries, PRs, etc. Your friends and family who don’t run can only take so much. However, your newbie runner friend is probably just as excited as you are!
- Those who can’t do, teach, right? While giving tips about hydration, form and the like, I realized that I should be taking my own advice more. As it turns out, I know some good stuff, but just don’t apply it all the time on my runs.
- This goes hand in hand with number 3, but as I’m attempting to help someone new to running get in her groove, I find myself reading up on better running techniques, stretching techniques, gear and the like. I want to be as knowledgeable as possible to help her and that is truly a win-win.
Have you ever introduced a friend to running? How did it go?