Seven years ago, without any authority or right to do such a thing, we declared November 20th the first annual “Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day!” (GO HARD) Since then thousands of people from around the world have celebrated the day with us. This year's GO HARD celebration is just over a month away but that gives us time to train and prepare!
Imagine you are a single runner. Even if you have been happily married for years, picture the following scene. You are out for a solo training run on one of your favorite trails. Up ahead, you catch a glimpse of the most attractive runner you have ever seen. This is your moment. This is your one chance to say something witty and strike up a conversation. You can’t afford to chicken out with a simple, “On your left” as you run past never looking back. You also can’t afford to be unoriginal. “Are your legs tired? ‘Cause you have been running through my mind all day?” is cliché and will not separate you from the pack. Your mind races as you try to remember all the cheesy pick-up lines you laughed about with your friends. Should you be funny? Sincere? Direct? Original?