Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Running With Friends- How Everyone Benefits

A few of my girlfriends have recently taken up running. Apparently, they've been annoyed inspired by my over-sharing posts on social media and asked me for tips for how to get started and when is a good time to do their first race? (<the answer is sign up NOW and give yourself a minimum 12 weeks to train)
I LOVE when people start running! When you're passionate about something you can't help but share how wonderful it is with others. Plus, I love hanging out with my friends. Running is now just another activity we can now do together!
When I first started running, I found that group support crucial. I struggled to run longer than 30 seconds and I started to doubt myself. I had signed up for my first race, a 10K, and didn't know if I was going to be able to make it across the finish line. I didn't have a lot of running friends, at the time, so I turned to social media. I would post my workouts and started receiving the sweetest, motivating comments. A large group of online strangers were telling me I was doing a good job and to keep at it. They said it would get easier. It did.
I finished my first race and quickly signed up for several more. As my love of running, and racing, grew so did my circle of friends who also loved it. Plus, some of my girlfriends who had never shown any interest in running began to sign up for training runs and races. It was positive peer pressure at its finest!
Having a support system is so important! For me, it's also important to constantly set goals for myself. One of my goals, this year, is to do more "fun" races with girlfriends.
Next month, a few of my friends, and I, will be running the Shoppers Drug Mart "Run For Women."  The 5K and 10K event (and 1K for girls 12 and under) takes part in 12 cities, across Canada. We'll be doing the Calgary one on May 24th.  The race is about sisterhood and how our friends make us laugh, motive us, and keep us going. Plus, the race series helps supports Women's Mental Health programs in race cities.
If you're looking for a fun race to do with your girlfriends, sisters, mothers, daughters you should sign up! Registration is now open! You can register as an individual or as a team. 
AngeLaura and I are already planning on wearing some sort of bright/fun/flashy outfits!

Who inspired you to start running?
Have you ever done a "fun run" with friends?
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Shoppers Drug Mart Run For Women. In exchange for writing it I'm receiving a complimentary entry to the race. 

1 comment:

  1. I love being the new inspiration for people to get out there and try something they didn't think they could do. It makes you feel so energized and excited about the whole thing too. I loved running with my group this past winter—they definitely pulled me through some interesting conditions!