Have you looked closely at some of your running buddies lately, students you know or even family members who run?
Are their running shoes starting to really look pretty darn tired?
With the hard times many people are having right now a lot of runners are wearing running shoes that are worn out or pretty close to it.
How does that affect you and I?
With worn-out shoes, those runners are more likely to get injured or become unmotivated to run and are probably feeling very stressed about life in general because of what they can and can’t afford.
The other thing is if they stop running, we won’t have the pleasure of their company during our runs, being totally up front and selfish here.
If You Can
What I am proposing is – if you can afford to, sometime in the next week or two take one of your friends or a family member who is having a tough time, to buy them new running shoes.
Oh I many of them will say – no I can’t let you do this and the other things to try to talk you out of doing this. Don’t let them.
Tell them you are paying forward their running and that at some point in the future, when things are better for them, they will be able to do this for someone else.
You know your friends and family who are runners better than I do and how different ones might react to your offer. However, you might be surprised about how they react if you do offer.
The reality is
that we don’t really stop and think about how our friends and family are really doing sometimes and in my opinion doing something as simple as helping another runner get new pair of running shoes, so they are able to keep running injury/pain free is the right thing to do.
I can think back to times in my life where things were extremely tight and a new pair of running shoes were way down on the list of priorities, yet in order to keep running injury/pain free I needed new shoes. I would keep running in the old shoes and eventually get injured. Which meant that I couldn’t run and felt even worse about myself and whatever was going on.
Think about it.
It might make a big difference in another runner’s life and yours.
After all they say the Karma goes both ways.
What do you think?