how runners can spread joy

Joy. It’s such a small thing, but it can brighten so many days. In my life, I always hope to bring joy to others. As a runner, can I do the same? I say “absolutely”!

Say “Hello!”

I mean, saying “hello” is the easiest thing in the world. Seriously. All you have to do is smile and wave, and it can bring so much joy to someone else. It’s disheartening to pass runners and walkers who refuse to even nod in someone else’s general direction, so spread the love with a heartfelt greeting.

Pick It Up

Out for a bit of a leisurely stroll or slower run? That’s the perfect time to pick up some litter and clean up the community. You’ll be doing good for the world around you and that, in itself, brings joy to the world.

Offer Encouragement

Even in this world of social distancing, runners can still provide encouragement to others. In our neck of the woods, we are absolutely allowed to run together (although masks should be used when you’re going to be tight together), but it’s always nice too offer encouragement to our fellow runners. Invite a new runner to join you for a few miles, or suggest a race distance you know a friend has been wanting to try.

Keep Supporting Your Local Race Companies

I know we are all tired of virtual races. The fatigue is strong. But the truth is, some of our smaller (read: our hometown favorite) race companies aren’t going to make it through this pandemic if we don’t keep registering. I know it’s not ideal, but when in-person races return in full force, I want all my old favorites to be there for me.

How do you spread joy as a runner?

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