I’ve read a lot of these posts, and originally, I wasn’t going to do one. Today, I got one of those weird feelings that compelled me to write. If you’re a writer, you know what I’m talking about.
I always leave my TV on while working, mainly for the noise. It was always too quiet for me inside the ACS Technologies’ office, so of course my own home, where it’s just me, is way too quiet!
I don’t usually pay too much attention to what’s on TV, but whenever someone mentions Boston, my ears turn up a little. While watching The View, I overheard one of the hosts (Whoopi) say this regarding Boston.
“Let’s all go next year and at least walk it”
Cringing, I felt absolutely disgusted. How dare anyone diminish the hard work that goes into training for a marathon, qualifying for Boston, and running a world-class, premier event? What a slap in the face to every marathoner there!
Not that I trust daytime TV hosts to know much, although I wish she’d gotten the facts straight before blurting that out on the air. Then, I took a step back…
Most non-runners don’t understand our sport- and sometimes, that’s our fault. We put weeks and months into training for races- running, cross training, eating right, foam rolling, stretching, reading training plans, and seeking advice from other runners.
If runners want our sport to survive, to grow, it’s up to us. I realized this when I started coaching for the Florence Track Club in 2011. One day, I won’t be running and competing, but someone will- and as a runner, it’s my duty to the sport to pass on that love- whether it’s to young children, older ladies training for their first 5Ks, people looking to relieve stress, or any new runner. When I started coaching, I realized… It’s not all about me.
My challenge to you, if you want to do something in honor of Boston, sign up for a local race.
Sign up for a local 5K that supports a charity, school, someone suffering from an illness, or team. Local races may not have as many frills, but their causes depend on race proceeds. Skip date night this weekend, there’s your $20-25 entry fee.
If you’ve never signed up for a race- this is your time. You could try Couch to 5K, or not. You don’t have to. You can walk the entire distance- tons of people do. Listen to music, talk to other walkers, or just enjoy the beauty of nature. No one cares how fast or slow you’re going, except you.
If you’re last, no one will laugh. You might even get a standing ovation. The first place finisher of a race has the fewer cheerleaders, as everyone’s behind him or her. It’s lonely.
If you can’t physically run, volunteer. Most races have no trouble finding runners, but struggle to find those to man water stations, serve refreshments, or handle packet pick up.
If you already run, encourage new runners. Stand at the finish of your next race and cheer for those finishing after you. You like someone cheering for you, right? So do they, and they need it more than you- you’re already driven and passionate about running. The post-race beer will still be waiting for you.
You can do something- do it.
Join the community. Join the movement.
You might like:
- Third Annual Race for Taylor 5K/10K
- Reflections on Track Season and Spaghetti Dinner
- Gearing Up…
- Raking the Pit