Explaining to non-runners that a freezing Saturday morning run at absurd o'clock is one of the highlights of your weekend can be a challenge... Even I must admit that it sounds a bit batty. So how exactly do you get your non-running friends to understand you, or, even better, join in the madness?
1. Drag them along to a race to support you
The atmosphere, the adrenaline, the boerie rolls... What's not to love? They'll be inspired to put on their running shoes and get in on the action before the morning is over.
2. Introduce them to parkrun
It's the coolest concept on the planet and everyone needs to know about it. parkrun is a fun, safe, family-friendly timed 5 km run/walk every single Saturday of the year at specific venues around the world - and it caters for just about everybody. New to running? Run/walk to your heart's content. Racing snake? Chase those PBs like a boss. Love walking? Stroll your heart out. Just move. And spend time with friends and family and collect a whole bunch of awesome rewards and incentives while you're at it!
|Naval Hill parkrun, Bloemfontein.|
3. Show them the fun side of running
'Fun' means different things to different people, but there are a whole lot of events out there that focus solely on the fun side of running. Whether your buddy's idea of fun involves mud, coloured powder, foam, neon lights, fairy wings or obstacles, there's an event that fits the bill. Do it as a team and have a blast!
4. Be a living example
Being fit and healthy feels fantastic. Live that. Show your loved ones that there is an alternative to feeling fat, frustrated and unhealthy - you don't even have to say a single word.
...but keep running anyway. The truth is that not everybody will understand your love for running or be keen to share it with you. And that's okay. That's what makes bumping into a fellow runnerd so darn exciting!
Thanks to the lovely ladies from Eat Pray Run DC, You Signed up for What? and Mar on the Run for the opportunity to share these tips as part of their Friday Five link-up. Happy weekend, everyone!