#IfEverybodyRan is a new concept started by Mizuno this week that began like this:
Seeing this image really got me thinking, what if everybody ran? How different would the world be if everyone laced up a pair of running shoes and jumped into a local race?
Who would want to start a war mid-taper when they could have a great medal waiting for them at the finish line in a few days or what criminal would want to knock over a bank the day after taking on a marathon, still all chafed up with three toenails hanging on for dear life and the band-aids that he forgot to take off in the shower the day before still providing comfort to his nipples?
Okay, maybe that's a little much, but Mizuno is definitely on to something with this idea. Think of the camaraderie that exists in the running community that is sort of lacking in the everyday world. How great would it be if that feeling when you cheer a passing runner on or a passing runner cheers you on existed in your workplace?
Or perhaps what if the charity that exists with runners could spread? How many races have you run that benefited a charity of some sort? Did you even realize you were benefiting a charity? Could you imagine the goodwill that could spread through unknowing acts of kindness that runners engage in simply by registering for a race?
And the best part is, it's not unfeasible. Anyone can start running. It doesn't matter how old you are, or what physical shape you're in. And it's so much fun! It's a great way to get rid of stress in your life, to meet new people, and to experience things you never thought possible. The world would definitely be a much different place if everybody ran.