Hello Friday!! I am looking forward to another weekend of beautiful weather. On Sunday, my mom and I will be participating in Potomac River Running’s Mothers’s Day 4 Miler – will I see you there? Today I am linking up with Mar, Courtney, and Cynthia and the theme is Five Ways to Share the Running Love.
1. Volunteer or Coach
Races are always in need of volunteers (especially for the non-glamorous pre-race set up or post-race break-down). There are also organizations like Girls on the Run (or some variation depending on your city) who seek out volunteer coaches for their running programs. Alternatively, if your schedule does not work with a formal program, accompany friends on their runs or races who are new to running (or cheer them on).
2. Donate Clothes or Shoes
I’m sure most of your closets look like mine……there are more workout/running clothes than real clothes. Like real clothes, there are some pieces I do not wear any longer (not into them anymore, too big, forgotten) and choose to donate. When my shoes reach the 400 mile mark, I donate them at my local Pacer’s store (they usually have a donation bin).
3. Organize an Event
My co-workers know I run…alot! In the past, several co-workers have mentioned they would like to run a 5K or get back into running. Choose a race and organize an event your team/office can participate it. Some companies, depending on their community/wellness programs, may even sponsor your team. Or you can do the same thing with your friends/family – I saw so many groups walking in DC last weekend for the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer event.
4. Join a Team/Club
This could be Moms Run this Town, Road Runners, or any other group. Last August I joined the Oiselle Flock and I’ve met so many amazing people through the team – everyone is so supportive and it is always fun when we get together to share our races, running stories, or go for a run.
5. Say Cheese!
Take pictures! I love looking at running related pictures on Instagram or Twitter. When looking/researching races, I usually search a hashtag to see what the event was like. Training run pics are always so motivating (especially you early bird runners)!
Any exciting plans for the weekend?
Have you volunteered at a race before?