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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Why Belong to a Run Club


Frequently, the topic of belonging to run club or what it means to belong a run club seems to come up.  I'd like to offer you some insight as to some of the reasons people belong to run clubs and why you too should belong to a club. 

There are the obvious reasons:
-Learn to be a Runner
-Learn to be a Better Runner
-General Support or Support to Accomplish a Goal
-Fellowship/Friendship/Support
-Motivation
-Accountability
-Coaching
-Education
-Inspiration
-Encouragement
(and probably more that I'm forgetting)

But then there is another reason that people seem to forget....Compliments.  

The only thing that may even come close to achieving your goal is the positive reinforcement or feedback you receive from others in your group.  Some of us seek this through posting about their weight loss, a personal best in a recent race, running their longest distance ever or maybe just a simple picture as a way to show off the results of their commitment and hard work.   

That's not to suggest that you have to run as fast as Usain Bolt or be as thin as the high paid Hollywood fashion models in order to share.  Each of us are on our own journey.  Each of us have different experiences that have brought us to this moment. And, Each of us should be able to share our successes with fellow club members without fear of ridicule or judgement from our fellow members.

There are many things that a club can offer you but there are also many things that you can offer to fellow club members.  Sometimes we think less about that latter and  more about the former...I think it's time we change that.  Your belonging to a run club is not only for you, it also thrusts you into a roll of being the support for other members in your group.  And EVERY runner regardless of their current ability seeks that support and positive reinforcement...that's why they are in the same club you are in!  

So the next time the person fatter than you, skinnier than you, slower than you or faster than you tells you about their success or shares a picture with you that is an obvious attempt to show you the results of their hard work....stop for a minute, take it in, put yourself in their shoes and say something nice.  Pay them a compliment, offer them words of encouragement or just say wow!  Nice job!   We all want to feel good about ourselves and you have a responsibility as a fellow member of your running club to make sure you do your part to help your fellow runners feel good about themselves.

If you're interested in learning more about the RunJunkEes Run Club you can find us here.
We also have a Facebook group that is home to thousands of incredible people from around the world.  If you're looking for something more local check out our local chapters 




Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Why I Run?

Doesn't it seem like you have to answer this question more than you should? Isn't it strange how it makes so much sense to you and absolutely no sense to so many of your friends and family members? When I was out on the trails last weekend, for my 12 mile run, I started to ponder this topic. On a whim I decided to pull out my phone and capture my thoughts with the intent of writing this post. As the moment unfolded there were a couple funny moments that made this too priceless not to share with you directly. Unfortunately, it's not very easy to share a simple audio clip so this is being shared as a file which you will need to download (I think) here.

I think I should clarify one point in this audio about competition.  I love watching competitive running.  I'm envious of the speed and power I see in competitive runners.  When I went back and listened to this it sounded like I was minimizing those that do run competitively-that was not my intent.  I was speaking to the masses of runners who struggle with calling themselves runners because they feel they are not fast enough.

Here's a couple pictures from the run that morning.  Silver Springs State park in Illinois.




Monday, August 19, 2013

I Am Funny Shirts-Review

I was recently contacted by the creator of I Am shirts, Matthew Perret, and asked if I'd be willing to check out their line of shirts.  Matthew explained they had a large collection of shirts which included an entire line of running shirts.  How do I turn down that?!  I was asked to pick out my favorite and it arrived three days later.  When the shirt arrived I found a fava bean with the company logo on it.  According to "legend" this bean is supposed to bring luck.

The first thing I noticed about this shirt was it's softness.  In watching the intro video on their website I learned this shirt is made of a blended material which included a material called rayon.  According the I Am, this gives the shirt an already washed feeling and over time the shirt will continue to get softer and softer.  Another interesting fact about these shirts is they dye they use.  The inks are eco friendly and are a unique formula used only by the I Am brand.  The ink is dyed into the shirt rather than printed onto the shirt.  The design has a weathered  look to it.

So I know what you're thinking, "can I run in it?"  While the shirt is not marketed or sold as a running shirt I had to know if it was a shirt that could be added to my running days.  I wore the shirt out on a 6 mile run the first time out.  The temps were mild (low 60s f) which allowed me to stay pretty cool during this easier, slow paced run.  The second time I wore the shirt out, I intentionally waited for a warmer day.  We haven't had too many really warm days here in the midwest recently so it took some time for that to happen.

While I waited I wore the shirt out to the casino one night to see if it would bring me any luck, of course I took my new lucky bean with me.  I must say I was looking sharp in my "Your pace or mine." I am shirt with some jeans and nice shoes but the bean, well let's just say it didn't live up to the hype.

It's not easy to take a selfy of your sweaty armpits
Back to the hot run.  On the warmer day, I ran about 4 miles in the shirt and worked up a pretty good sweat.  This would not be a shirt I would run in again.  It wasn't to the degree of wearing a cotton shirt but after a couple of sweaty miles it became an issue.   As I stated earlier this shirt is not marketed or promoted as a running shirt and given that fact, I can't really call this a negative.

If you stick with using this shirt as your fashion statement running shirt or for running on those cooler days you'll be happy.

One finally note about the I am running shirts they are all individually hand made and made in the USA.  Head on over to their site, maybe you'll find your next favorite shirt there....well,
second favorite to your RunJunkEes shirt :)