Friday Five 2.0: Being a Running Mentor


I am linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0 linkup!
Join in! Don’t forget to link back to your hostesses and visit some other bloggers.

Today’s topic is a free one so I am choosing: Five Reasons To Mentor New Runners

1. Finding New Places To Run

When I volunteered in the STEM program last year, I ran at UAlbany because the group chose to run there.  Now that I changed jobs, it has become my go to place to run. It’s safe and lit up at night.  And in the winter, they keep the sidewalks clean.

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2. Meeting New People

The other mentors in the STEM program are awesome. It’s always fun to meet other runners. We bond instantly. I always look forward to meeting the new mentors each year.

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last June – runners & mentors

I haven’t had as much contact with the running buddies in GOTR but the ones I have met were very nice.

3. Fits into your Running Schedule

I run after work anyway. So my STEM runs fit right in. Yes, they are walk/run but often, I get there early and run a few miles or I stay afterward to run. It causes no lapses in my training.

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4. Making a Difference in Someone Else’s Life

I can’t explain how it feels to watch women who have suffered so much in their lives be successful.

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And to see the joy young girls get from participating in their first race.

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I actually did so little but hopefully me being at their practices and races did make a difference.

5. It’s motivating.

New runners’ enthusiasm for running is contagious. It actually makes me want to run more!!

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The picture above was from my first mentoring experience in 2010. They were a bunch of young mothers running their first 5k. These ladies actually are responsible for me pushing myself to try a half marathon.

Recently my friend from Russia decided to become a runner (because of me).  I guess I mentored her from afar without even realizing it. She even hired a coach back in Moscow.  We got to run together for the first time recently when she flew to NYC to run a 5k.

along the Hudson River, NYC

along the Hudson River, NYC

Happy Running! Have you ever mentored a new runner? If so, how did you benefit?

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14 thoughts on “Friday Five 2.0: Being a Running Mentor

  1. Sometimes I unofficially mentor new/slower runners in my running group. Didn’t happen this year. 😦

    Since everything is after work, it’s actually harder for me. I’m a morning person & by evening I’m tired and especially in fall/winter, motivating myself out of the house at night is hard! We even eat out less.

    Good for you for giving back — I know you gain so much from it.

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    • There are opportunities that don’t take any time (such as GOTR and IRUN4) but mentoring and volunteering isn’t for everyone. I enjoy it and hope to do even more if I ever retire.

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    • In our GOTR program, you can be a running buddy and you just send notes and participate in the race. So it doesn’t take much time. You are more involved if you are a coach. I would love to do that but don’t have the time now.

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  2. UA Albany does look like a really nice place to run. I’ve thought about volunteering with our local GOTR since I am officially a coach, but they meet at an inconvenient time. That new runner enthusiasm is very contagious. The only person I know of I’ve motivated to start running was my oldest son, who quickly surpassed me in ability. But, you never know who’s watching.

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    • My stepson ran track in high school. I wish he would run again. Same here. Coaching takes place in the afternoon when I’m at work. That’s why I am only a running buddy which isn’t as rewarding.

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  3. What a wonderful post. I think it’s great. I hope to one day work with GOTR but right now my little people are too young and the times just don’t work well for my schedule.

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