Become a Runner in 2010 – Luau’s Pitch to Get People Active in the New Year

Aside from posting links, I haven’t done much active promotion of other running blogs here on Runblogger - that changes now. I’d like to use this post to point you in the direction of a blog written by a friend named Matt, better know as @luau. His blog, Run Luau Run, is well written, he’s a great minimalist runner (he puts in almost all of his miles in Vibram Fivefingers), and his most recent post is a phenomenal call to get people active in 2010. His goal for the year is to get 10 people to make running a regular part of their life. Here’s an excerpt from this post, which you can read in its entirety here:

Look at the people who have crossed the threshold. The looks on their faces when they are done with a run should be all the answer and motivation you need. It feels good. It makes them happy. The first 1-3 miles become an entrance fee – an investment in the run, if you will. If the payoff wasn’t worth it, they wouldn’t be doing it.

That’s it.

That’s my pitch.

Matt and I ran the Manchester Marathon together in early November, and he and I helped another runner (Michelle/@bklynrunner of the Runnin’ Down a Dream Blog) reach her goal of 1000 miles for 2009 by “virtually” running 105+ miles with her from December 7 to December 31.  He understands the value of the support and motivation that fellow runners can provide to one another, and another of my favorite posts from his blog discusses the value of the on-line running community, and how technology, rather than distancing us from one another, is actually bringing some of us closer together.  This is a lesson that I also learned in 2009, and one that I hope to help Matt promote going forward.

Check out his blog, Run Luau Run, and help Luau reach his goal in 2010!

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About Peter Larson

This post was authored by Peter Larson. Pete is a recovering academic who currently works as an exercise physiologist, running coach, and writer. He's also a father of three and a fanatical runner with a bit of a shoe obsession. In addition to writing and editing this site, he is co-author of the book Tread Lightly, and writes a personal blog called The Blogologist. Follow Pete on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and via email.

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