How Social Media Can Positively Impact Your Running

© Martinmark |

© Martinmark |

It’s hard to go anywhere today without seeing a status update, tweet or snapchat. Now there are even games that get people out running.

The real question, however, is the rise of social media good for the sport of running?

The days of pen and paper logs are almost over. Sure, there are a few people still logging miles on paper, but more often than not runners log their workouts online. There are many different platforms to log runs such as Strava, Garmin Connect or Dailymile.

Whatever the case may be, it’s hard to keep your runs to yourself. Sharing workouts can be beneficial to both yourself and your fellow runners!

Social media can offer you answers

As you continue running, you will probably have an issue, problem or a running related question. While the majority of our Facebook friends are not doctors, many have probably been in the same situation.

Maybe you’ve felt more fatigued from a race, or maybe you are forced to change shoes. Heck, your friends can even provide you with answers of where to find a new race this weekend.

They say two heads are better than one, and finding races is just one reason this proves true. You never know who has had a similar problem or situation until you ask.

Social media keeps you motivated

There have been plenty of times I’ve looked outside, said nope I don’t feel like running today and gone back and sat on my computer.

Then I log onto whatever social media platform I choose and see dozens of runners killing their run.

Tempo Tuesday done at 6 am

Speed work done by 7

Easy 5 miles logged

There have been times, I’ve read someone else’s workout, felt motivated and gone for my own run. It doesn’t always happen, but when I do get out there, I normally feel better.

Social media gives you reality checks

Sometimes we have the worst run in the world. At the end of the day, it’s just running. The majority of runners are not getting paid to run, and there are plenty of worse things in the world. Social media allows you to see, despite your bad run or race, there are other more important events happening in the world.

Social media connects you with runners across the world

With the amount of social media and technology in the world, you can connect with runners across the globe or meet people with similar goals and ideas anywhere.

We can watch races like the Olympics anywhere we choose! We are connected to runners from every country. It’s great to read about the differences in training worldwide.

Social media connects you with races around the world

Have you heard of racecations? Are you looking for a half marathon somewhere new and exciting? The Internet allows us to find races just about anywhere we choose.

How does social media play a role in that? We can find actual reviews of races. On the website it might be labeled as “flat and fast” but racers tell a different story. Social media allows you to get multiple perspectives of races.

Social media holds you accountable

Now I’m not saying you should only run for social media but you social media helps keep you accountable for your personal running. Sometimes a fellow runner will reach out just to see how you’re doing! Social media can keep you accountable with any sport you choose.

Social media helps celebrate accomplishments with other runners

With all of the different social media, it’s much easier to keep up with how others are doing. You can see race results quickly as well as catch up with other runners.

With the amount of social media, it is much easier to follow each other’s training and celebrate their success with them.

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