Chances are, if you frequent this blog you are either a runner yourself or you are friends with one. Despite the fact that I actually write for Runitlikeamom and participate in the occasional 5K, I consider myself “the friend.” I have been working on how to best support the runners in my life for a few years now and I’ve come up some pointers to share.
- Listen intently when they talk about their training schedule, new compression pants, search for the best fuel, pace slump, or unfortunate chaffing situation. Trust me, it’s better for everyone if they just get it out when they need to (instead of the middle of the night before the race).
- Let your loved ones know you’re thinking about them on their 18 mile Saturday morning run by sending an encouraging text message (just don’t tell them you’re still in bed).
- Never tell someone who just ran 18 miles you feel tired….or sore.
- Be willing to play the role of pack mule- You may just be carrying an extra bottle of water and a camera, or a backpack full of alternative clothing, snacks, and noisemakers. Embrace it.
- Lend a hand with the kids if you can- running takes time, no matter the distance. If you can watch her kids for a couple of hours, or take them for the day after a big race I can guarantee she will appreciate it.
- When she tells you she wants a new sports bra or gift card to an athletic store get it- I know it seems boring, but it’s basically the equivalent of porn.
- Go to the race- It’s impossible to get to every event but make the big ones a priority. They may tell you not to come, but I’ve never had anyone tell me they weren’t happy to see a friendly face (especially in an unexpected spot).
- Stretch out those hamstrings- There are not many people who can straddle your friend with her legs up in the air and not get in trouble. Be that girl.
- Make a big deal out of their accomplishments- Seriously, whether her goal was a 5K or a marathon- you have to CELEBRATE! Maybe it’s a bottle of wine or a surprise dinner party, either way let her know you are proud of her.
- Be the designated driver- She’s been up since 4am and would much rather eat/drink/sleep, and it’s just safer for everyone if you do (unless of course you get sick after running three miles and she has to drive the 4 hours home- sorry!).
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