Do you have a runner in your life? Do you have friends that want to support you but are not sure where to start? Here’s a quick article you can read or send to someone as a hint! (Ahem, my awesome boyfriend… if you’re reading this then hint hint hint haha)
- Be understanding of that sometimes a runner would rather head home for an early night so they can wake up early for a morning run.
- Be understanding of the fact that I may be hangry and I may say things that I do not mean.
- Live with one? Get some coffee brewing or if you’re feeling generous, some food ready for when they get home.
- Sometimes we just need to rant or rave about a run – even when you have nothing to contribute, it means a lot if you’re just there listening 🙂 Especially post race! There’s just so much to process so having someone listen to us go on about our PRs, the splits, what went wrong, etc is awesome!
- Text messages can be amazing! I’ve broken down on a long run before and just sat down and cried. Having my friends text me during that moment to motivate me was amazing. When my friends tell me they’re going on a run, I make sure to send a “have fun!” text too.
- Massages. Massages, massages, massages!
- Gift cards to running stores because do you really know how many pairs of shoes runners go through? I loved receiving gift cards for running stores since that meant my shoes wouldn’t be full price!
- If you bike, offering to bike alongside me on my long runs = you’re the best person everrrrrrr. I had a friend do this once and carried my water for me and it was one of my favourite/best runs EVER.
- Up for waking up early? Make a cute race sign for their race! I was over the moon when I heard my friend screaming my name in the last 300m of my half marathon. I wanted to give up but knowing that they were there got me to suck it up and finish strong.
- Bring an extra sweater with you if you’re at a race watching your friend: Never under estimate how cold runners can get post race (at least here in Toronto!) I always have the foil wrap, a sweater, sweatpants, and a jacket and I’m still shivering!
- Did I mention massages?
- Are you at a destination race? Scope out potential restaurants! I’m always so focused on the race, I always forget to plan out where we would eat afterwards (or before). I’m much rather someone do the planning so I can spend every waking hour on obsessing over my race!
- Record everything! Training takes a LOT of work and race photographers aren’t always able to get a good shot. Going at different points of the race to snap some pictures or videos for a runner to show your support is amazing! Great memories were recorded for me when my friends got some pics of me at a race because I was mid sneeze in the photo the race got of me!
In addition, here’s some ways my blogging/running friends suggest to support your fellow runner:
- The biggest way my hubby supports me is by watching the kids for me while I do my Saturday long runs. He also never complains about the mess in the house or how many of his sports socks disappear into my drawers – Janice via Fitness Cheerleader
- Embrace their “crazy” just let them go do their thing. Don’t question. – Deborah via Confessions of a Mother Runner
- I support my runner wife by doing the running laundry and helping pace her in tough workouts and races. – Marc via Train with Marc
- Even if you aren’t a runner yourself, support your runner by going to races when you can. It’s always great to see a loved ones face while you’re running…and knowing they’ll be at the finish line! – Patty via Reach Your Peak
- Pay for a race entry fee – make their day – Diatta via Femme Fitale Fitclub
- By cheering your runner on during their race. Nothing is better than seeing a loved ones face when you are struggling. – Toni via Running Loving Living
- My hubby will take time off from work to come and support me at a race. Also watching the toddler so I can train and race – Gina via Mirror Watching
- My husband & kids come to every single one of my races. They like to make signs or meet me at the end with a rose. Just having them there at the end means a lot! – Amber via Nutri Fit Mama
So do you have any tips to help support the runner in your life?
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