I got very excited this weekend about a new series I’m planning to start here on the blog. I was thinking about our time in Japan and how interesting it had been to see the running culture over there, and it made me wonder about the running culture elsewhere in the world. So I’m going to be running a series of interviews with runners from different countries across the world.
I’ll be asking them about the running community in their country – what’s popular, where it’s growing, what the big races are, what the cool kids are wearing…that kind of thing. Obviously, this will be one person’s perspective on their country, as opposed to an exhaustive, definitive survey that covers all the bases, but it might give us a glimpse into different running cultures!
I’ve been speaking to all my international friends, who have then reached out to some of their compatriots to find runners for me to speak to. It’s been a really exciting process so far and I am so excited about the series kicking off. I’d like to run one interview weekly, but we’ll see how that works out.
How can you help?
Firstly, is there anything in particular you’d be curious about? That may vary per country so I’ll try to mention every week which country I’ll be featuring next. But is there anything generally you’d be interested to know about?
Secondly, this blog needs YOU!!! If you are an international runner and would like to be interviewed, drop me a note! Alternatively, if you have any friends who you think would be perfect for this project, I’d be so grateful if you could link us up. I’m after people of either gender who are passionate about running and who are part of the running community in their country. I’m not after speedsters by any means! I’m having particular issues finding people to speak to from Africa, the Middle East and South America!
The one thing that’s struck me as I’ve started pulling this together is how social media has shrunk the world. I’ve been linked to people via Twitter, Facebook and email…a few years ago, this project would have been so much harder! Social Media has been so revolutionary in linking the worldwide running community together!
When I wasn’t frantically emailing random strangers across the world, I got a great run in on Saturday. The Husband and the Dude went to the Exploratorium, the new science museum in San Francisco. I’ve already been and they wanted some boy time, so I used those few hours for a run through San Francisco. I started on the Embarcadero and headed west through the tourist hell of Fisherman’s Wharf and out onto Crissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge and back again.
I initially planned to throw some tempo miles in there, but it quickly became one of those lovely runs that you simply want to enjoy. Running for pleasure, not for training reasons. So I ran at a comfortable pace, stopped frequently for photographs, people-watched (the beautiful, the touristy, the crazies) and just soaked in the beauty of this city and appreciated once again how lucky I am to live in the Bay Area!
Cue the photos.
Happy Monday, everyone!