Social Media & Running

Happy Friday Everyone!  I’m glad that the world doesn’t seem to have ended quite yet, so that’s something to celebrate!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to score some free sneakers!  Deadline to enter is this Sunday.

I read an article recently on runnersworld.com about tweeting & facebooking and how various social media outlets have impacted running.  You can check out the full article here.  The overall focus of the article is how social media helps to encourage the connectedness of the running community and how it can bring people together with a common interest of running.  There are so many different ways to connect these days through the wonderful world of the interwebs: facebook, twitter, instagram, meetup.com, garmin connect, thedailymile.com, nikeplus, pinterest, youtube, and of course blogs!

For me, I can definitely say that social media has an impact on my running.  I would love to say that I am so motivated and have a strong enough self will to always keep pushing myself but that’s not always the case.  I don’t remember what brought me to a few running blogs back toward the end of the summer, but reading them really helped to bring back the spark that reminded me how much I love to run, and brought back the desire to race and push myself.  It’s a big reason why I started my own blog.  It helps me to keep myself accountable and helps me to keep track of my progress.

Social media is also a pathway to a world of information.  I’m a huge lover of magazines and reading health and fitness books, but through twitter, and facebook you can find links to tons of free articles with the same information that you’d find in a bookstore or magazine.  Youtube has every type of exercise video you can imagine if you don’t want to commit to purchasing dvds or just want to check how the proper form of a particular exercise.

It’s important, though, not to get so caught up in the social media that you lose sight of why you run.  You need to continue to exercise or run for the right reasons.  For yourself.  Don’t get too caught up with what the other social media bunnies are doing or how fast or long they’re doing it for.  Use it to motivate you, to bring you closer to others and get a sense of community, but don’t let it discourage you or change the perception you have of yourself.  Everyone has their own path and progresses at their own pace.  Make sure you don’t get so caught up in the social media world of running and exercising that you don’t leave anytime for doing it yourself!  Then you’d miss the beauty of being outside when the sun comes up 🙂

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Do you use social media to help  motivate you?

What are your weekend plans?

Did anyone do anything special or crazy in case the world ended today?

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