Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Running for Non Runners

I want to fill you guys in on a little secret, not all of my friends are runners. Shocked face, I know, but this is a good thing. As runners, well athletes in general, we get so caught up in the activity we choose sometimes it's hard to remember that some of our friends have no idea what we are talking about. 

I love being involved in my friends lives and be interested in what they are interested in. Whether that is disc golf, professional things or music - I want to be able to have that connection. Let's bridge the gap and give some basic education to our non running friends. 

Start with some basic things. Think back to when you were a new runner and you learned very early on. Like a marathon is 26.2 miles all the time. My favorite question is "how far is this marathon you're running"? While to us runners, this is common knowledge, to the outside world - maybe not so much. 

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I also like to educate on some terms of running, just in case I am just talking. Things like tempo runs or gels. Weird terms that shouldn't be in a normal vocabulary. 


Why on earth do you need all of this to run?!

If I have friends that really want to know about running, I will walk them through a normal week for me. Sometimes the people who don't understand why you do what you do will respect it more once you show the commitment you have. Yes, I'm walking up early on my day off to long run and this is why. Just things like that.

One of the things I love doing with my non running friends is explain running shoes to them. Since I work at a running store I know how to perform a gait analysis. Sometimes I will do one for a non running friend and explain to them how running shoes work. No, you cannot just wear any shoe and you cannot run in the same pair of shoes for a year. Even if you don't run that much.

Or why you stock pile your favorite shoe, just in case they change!

The last thing I will do is invite my friends to a race. Not to run, but spectate. There is a quote that says "if you want to gain faith in humanity, watch a marathon" and I totally agree. If you can show the passion and commitment to your non-running friends, I guarantee they will understand why you do what you do. 

I love cheering races! They are the best!
I am linking up with Annmarie, Jen and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday. 

How do you explain running things to non runners? What is one thing you really wish people knew?

10 comments:

  1. I just tell them that all runners are crazy and they just won't understand unless they start running ;) There's so many weird and insane things we do that don't really make sense (like waking up early to run, paying money to suffer at a race, losing toenails, etc).

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    1. I think it's one of those "I HAVE SO MUCH TO TALK ABOUT AND NO ONE UNDERSTANDS" things I have lol

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  2. I love the idea of inviting non-running friends to spectate! I have even turned some non-running friends into runners that way ;)

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    1. My mom loves spectating. It's her favorite thing.

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  3. And don't even use the term Fartlek around a non-runner!!! LOL

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  4. Inviting friends and family to spectate is the best. That way they really understand the energy that comes from racing! Plus, you get some support along the way :).

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  5. Aw, I love this! I feel like the inside of my head is all running all the time. When I finally spill over my husband looks at me like I'm crazy because he has no idea what I'm talking about!

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    1. That's how my husband was until he trained for his first race. He was grateful at that point!

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