The Miracle of the Motivation to Start

This morning I woke up at 7:00 am. Laid in my comfy warm bed and looked outside to the rainy cold morning. Today was supposed to be my long run. But as I laid there, my mind was coming up with one excuse after another not to go out and run. It was easier to reach over and grab my iPhone then to get up and put on my running shoes. I got on Instagram and checked out all the great pictures my followers are sharing. After about 30 minutes I managed to get on Facebook and get caught up with all the happenings within my circle of friends. By 8:30 am, I had already convinced myself that it’s too cold outside and that it’s much more fun to just lay there and continue getting sucked deeper into the social networking web. Deep down, a voice kept nudging me to…Keep Reading

IN A RUNNING FUNK?

The other weekend I was not feeling like running. It was one of those weekends where staying in, grabbing a warm hot chocolate and watching a good movie was more appealing than getting out for a run on a cold winter weekend. But now, with Runopia, I’m only a notification away from being motivated to get off my butt and go run. Around midday I get a push notification on Runopia from one of my colleagues. He had just scheduled a run on the app and invited me to go run with him. As soon as I saw the notification, all my excuses disappeared and replaced by energy to go out and run. I accepted the invite and by the afternoon, I was on the road running alongside a friend and enjoying the beauty of the winter. Sometimes it only takes one simple trigger to get us out of funk…Keep Reading

RUNNING IS A MENTAL BATTLE

It’s always very tempting to put on the headphones and listen to our favorite music while we’re running. But that teaches us to rely on music to help us go the extra mile. Running is about mental toughness and defeating that voice in the back of our heads telling us to slow down, stop, and call it a day. Besides strengthening our mental toughness, running without music allows us to enjoy what’s around us, and be more aware of our surroundings for a safer more enjoyable run. Next time you go for your run, leave the headphones behind and tell us how you felt. Runopia is a free app dedicated to connecting the running community. Our goal is to help every neighborhood have a running group. Imagine the positive impact that will have on our communities. Join us and let’s make it happen together.

THE POWER OF ONE

In today’s hyper connected world, there is an abundance of information about pretty much anything and everything. If you’re looking for group runs, do a search online and you’ll get a ton of websites and Facebook pages. All have two things in common. They are all managed by great people connected by the love for running, and all are disconnected from each other. You’ll find yourself spending a lot of time reading endless text and useless Facebook posts to find a group to run with. So when we designed Runopia, we made sure to make your search simple. With a simple tap of the “Find a Run” button, all the organized runs around you show up on one screen. Just like that, we completely eliminated the endless search and reading through boring Facebook posts. You can simply zoom in and out on the map to see more runs, or type…Keep Reading

IT ALL STARTED WITH A SIGN

I walked into the running store in Morristown, New Jersey one day to purchase my next pair of shoes. On my way out, I noticed a sign on the door that says “Group run every Wednesday at 6:15”. I thought to myself, “that’s really cool. I’m going to come and run with the group”. The following Wednesday, I went to the group run and had a great time meeting and running with new people. It felt great to run with a group again after years of solo running. I had to push myself for the first time to stay with people. After the run, I was completely exhausted and I loved it. I felt like a runner again. On the drive home, I thought to myself, “why didn’t I know about the group run. Why is that information on a piece of paper on a wall. Why is it so…Keep Reading