With so many huge fall races, like the New York City Marathon, I have family and friends ask me how to show a loved one, who runs, support and admiration. Whether it’s the first time they are toeing the start line or their first marathon, there are many ways to tell them you’re proud.
This post is for all of the people who want to show their runner some love! If you’re the runner, pass it along and drop a (not-so-subtle) hint.
Let Them Train
Runners oftentimes have to put themselves first when training for a big race. If they are parents, caregivers or work long hours, it’s so hard to put the time aside for proper training. Give your runner some guilt-free time to run. You can watch the kids for a long run or pass on that late Friday night. I promise they’ll appreciate the time to train!
Listen, Even If You Can’t Relate
Runner’s will talk about every run, be it good or bad. They’ll spew off random information about their pace, aches and use weird words like “fartleks”. It doesn’t matter if you have no clue what they mean, just be the listening ear they need. My Husband is the first person I call after a race or even during a race, if I need a morale booster.
Lace up Sometimes
If you want to take it a step further (pun intended), lace up and show some love by joining them on a run. You can keep your runner company by walking a cool down mile or run them into the finish line. Being shoulder to shoulder with a loved one while running feels so comforting. Can’t run? Bike next to them.
Be a Spectator
Every race is important to a runner, even if they claim it’s “just a training” run. Show up to a race and spectate on the sidelines. Create a poster and cheer as your runner passes. Be there for a hug at the finish line and capture the moment with a photo. They’ll be thankful for your presence.
Commemorate the Special Moments
Runners live for the post-run celebration. It’s what we think about during that last tough mile and the reason why we sign up for more races. Treat your runner to a special post-race carb filled meal or a keepsake gift. If you haven’t noticed from bumper stickers, runners love anything with distance on them! That corny 26.2 mug on Amazon? They’d love it.
Runners are just crazy people who can go from point A to point B faster than most people. Show them some love and support, even if you just don’t understand. They’ll appreciate the effort more than you’ll ever know!
Tell me! How do you tell a loved one that you’re proud?