How to Get Your Friends to Lace Up for National Running Day

If you’re a runner, there’s no doubt you’ll be hittin’ the pavement in celebration of National Runner’s Day on June 7th, but why do it alone? Here are some hacks you can use to convince your non-running friends to get in on the fun:

woman wearing compression socks running on the street corner


  • Sign ‘em up (with their permission, of course!): Runner’s high, stress relief, increased metabolism – the list of benefits received by avid runners goes on and on. For those who have yet to fall in love with running, convincing them to get out with you on National Running Day may be challenging. Instead of giving up, sign them up! By dedicating you and your future running buddy to a race, you can get motivated to set goals together! We suggest starting small, because while you may be able to run a 5K in your sleep, it may prove difficult to those outside of the running community. Pro tip: keep an eye out for fun races in your area that they’ll look forward to, like The Color Run!
  • Compromise: It’s no secret that runners love running like a baker loves to bake or a painter loves to paint. So, instead of approaching your non-runner friend with the intent of selling them on the sport, try making a compromise first. Do they have any hobbies that you have yet to try? If so, create an agreement that you’ll accompany them to their next lesson or class if they go on a run with you beforehand. It’s a win-win!
  • Bribe ‘em: No, not with money, food, or even wine (although that’s not the worst idea), but with some new VIM & VIGR compression socks! If they continue to join in on your runs, compression socks can help alleviate soreness and speed up muscle recovery. If they opt out of the route, don’t fret – your gift won’t go to waste as compression socks have benefits far beyond running. Whether your pal wears them to work, for a relaxing night at home, or while tackling errands around town, VIM & VIGR compression socks actively work to increase circulation, and prevent the onset of swelling, varicose and spider veins, blood clots, and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
man wearing compression socks ties his shoe lace


If you ask us, National Running Day might just be on the list of the most underrated holidays. However, with a little help from the running community (and their friends), that will change! Follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to see how we celebrate!

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