Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Did the Boston Bombing make you think about starting to run?

A friend of mine postulated that the recent events in Boston would spike an interest in running. I'm not so sure that's true. I do think it might motivate some people who are already running to run more or maybe renew their resolve to qualify for Boston.

There was an article saying that there was a big spike in interest in qualifying for Boston. They showed a graph based on Google searching. However, I searched for "Boston Qualifying Times" right after the bombing and my main motivation was to check a fact for my blog post. So I'm not 100% sure those Google searches necessarily translate into direct interest on the part of runners. It would be nice if it did though.

On related note, the "running industry" has launched a new coalition, dedicated to "encourage donations and running resilience following Boston tragedy" It's called Run Now and you can read more about it here:

http://running.competitor.com/2013/04/news/running-industry-launches-run-now-coalition_70954

To which I say: there's a running industry? I guess that makes sense. There's a dairy industry and a beef industry so why not one for running. I guess I thought of running as something you just do.

For those who want to get into running who haven't been before, I can't recommend the Couch-to-5K program enough. This is the program that got me to run when I thought I wasn't capable of it.

If you want to help kids get into running, there is a lot of organizations for that including Girls on the Run. They have an event right here in the Bay Area in May.

Other programs include Kids Run the Nation and Kids Running.

And, if you already run, be sure to Run for Boston.
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