Friday Five – Ways to Share the Running Love

May 8, 2015

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 MarCourtney, 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?

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      1. Run Jenny Run

        Haha the artsy Jennifer came out with the shoe hearts. Hope you had a great weekend!

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        Volunteering at races is fun! I would like to try a different role next time (usually I volunteer at expos, wouldn’t mind day of duties).

    1. Great ideas! One of my cousins said she wanted to try to run a 5k but was intimidated so I signed up for a color run with her later this month. I think a lot of people just need someone to go with them the first time 🙂 I hope you and your mom have a great time this weekend!
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        I love accompanying friends/family to their first races 🙂 A color run must have been fun for you and your friend. Hope you have a great weekend, Chaitali 🙂

    1. All great ways to sharing the running love! I should really look through my closets and drawers to donate workout gear. I have way too much! :p I have volunteered and hope to volunteer more because it’s such a great experience. Have a great run this weekend with your mom!!
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        Me too…just added to the pile this weekend …need to pick through the don’t wear soon 🙂 Hope you had a great weekend.

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        Thanks Lacey! Looking forward to your pictures – hope you had a good race in Disney!

    1. That’s so cool that you’re doing a mother’s day race! Hope you have a great time, and love your suggestions on sharing the love 🙂

    1. I volunteered at a Girls on the Run 5k a few years ago. It was such a wonderful event. I was on the course helping to direct the girls along the path. It was amazing seeing their effort and joy in doing a race!

      Best of luck at your race this weekend 🙂
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        That is one race I would like to volunteer. I heard it is such a fun experience to watch their first race.

    1. I love your donation suggestion!

      I will not be at the Mother’s Day 4-Miler because I’ll be running my own little Mother’s Day run. Every year my MD gift request from my sons and hubby is that they go on a run with me! 🙂 Hope you and your mom have fun!
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        Hope you had a fun Mother’s Day run with your sons and Bill! Looking forward to your pics and “recap” 🙂

    1. Enjoy the Mother’s day 4 miler! That’s awesome. I have volunteered before – at Army 10 miler. It really opened my eyes to the behind the scenes logistics. More recently, my husband and sons volunteered at an aid station at a triathlon. My younger son was so proud that the leader picked his cup of water to grab!
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        Thank you Kelli, hope you have a good mother’s day yourself. I’ve never volunteered at the ATM, but heard it is well organized. I never though of volunteering at a triathlon (I did packet pickup once), that would be a fun/difference experience.

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        Thanks Coco 🙂 Hope you had a good Mother’s Day weekend!

    1. These are all great ways to help! I love volunteering at races–it’s a lot of fun! :]

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        They are! I should start looking for my next volunteer gig 🙂

    1. Have a great race! I coach the kids JH spring track and cross country kids teams at school–it is so rewarding!
      I like your sneaker heart–very clever!
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        Coaching must be so rewarding – helping them achieve their goals (on/off) the track/field must be amazing. Hope you had a great weekend.

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        Thanks, Janelle! Agreed, now that it is warmer I appreciate the water stations even more now.. would like to try that one day (seems like that assignment fills up quickly).

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        I’ll need to look at your IG list – wouldn’t mind adding some new ones 🙂

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        Haha it is hard for me too! I tend to say “I’ll wear these old ones for hiking” ..but once I start accumulating 2 pairs of “hiking shoes” one goes.

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        Thanks! Oh by the way – I learned how to update my comment system so you get replies 🙂 This will be the test for you hehe.

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