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.
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.
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.
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.
And to see the joy young girls get from participating in their first race.
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!!
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.
Happy Running! Have you ever mentored a new runner? If so, how did you benefit?