Good morning. It’s my favorite day of the year.
Do I love Wednesdays? Well, no. Not particularly. Actually, my favorite day of the week is Thursday. 😉
Is today my birthday? Nope.
Am I going on an exotic vacation today? Big ‘ol no.
It’s National Running Day. I know, you are so excited, you can hardly contain yourself!
Every year since 2009, the first Wednesday of June has served as a day for runners across the country to claim their
crazy passion for running. I shared the love of National Running Day on Instagram in 2013 and 2014. It’s funny how I look at these posts and remember both of those runs!
On this particular day, I left my local YMCA after doing some strength training to go running outside. Because you just can’t run INSIDE on National Running Day –> thoughts of my crazy brain. 😉 However, if you live in Plum and you run in Holiday Park, bless your little running soul. SO many unexpected hills. This day was also very humid, which didn’t help!
Last year, I shared my “why” for running…getting lost in the miles is definitely not the reason I started running, but it is definitely what keeps me running! I wrote all about my running story HERE.
2015’s Instagram post (because did it really happen if it’s not on social media?!) will be me running with my small group at church. How awesome is it that we get to run together and then eat and talk and pray together afterwards?! I am so happy I found this church and these people. 🙂 I am also super excited because I have been inviting one of my friends to come to running group with me and she is FINALLY able to come tonight. How perfect that she will meet all my other running and church friends on National Running Day!
Running is special to me for many reasons, but the PEOPLE are definitely one of the biggest, whether it’s with my friends, or with one of my poor family members that I make come with me…
Color Me Rad 2013
…or even my dogs! This is the front yard at my Mom’s house, and no I’m not holding onto either of their leashes, because after a few miles with these crazies, you just have to let go! Ha! They are actually pretty easy to manage once we get going. Colby (the golden retriever) is a brat and spends the first half of the run turned around trying to chew his leash off. Yes. That is reality. Amigo (the pitbull) is 65 pounds of MUSCLE and if I’m not careful, he can very easily put himself in charge of the run by pulling us along. He’s a fast one! BUT, overall, my neighborhood is pretty quiet and the dogs leave each other alone, so the perfect run consists of running down the middle of the road with the two of them right next to each other. In the middle of the road, they aren’t distracted by mailboxes and front yards. I can’t have them pulling my arms off. 😉
I love running for a purpose, whether it’s to get rid of stress, stretch my legs after sitting at school or work all day, or honor others. In 2013, I was part of the Steel City Road Runners club in Pittsburgh, and we dedicated one of our Saturday morning runs to those suffering the aftermath of the horrible bombing at the Boston Marathon.
I love running because it gives me an excuse to shop…
…shoes, belts, Gu, new clothes, comfy socks…these things are NECESSARY for a great run. I kid. They definitely make running more comfortable but they really just help me have an excuse for “retail therapy”. 😉
New shirts from races never hurt, either.
Running is the perfect way to explore, whether you’re in your own town or on vacation in a new place. That’s the best part about running: you can literally do it ANYWHERE! Of course, then you have to sacrifice your travel outfit to wear your running shoes OR sacrifice space in your suitcase to pack your running shoes. I usually choose the latter. You will make it work if it’s important to you! Nothing beats exploring by foot. 🙂
Running also gives me the excuse to order dishes like this…
Let me just say, “carb loading” is a real concept. However, you don’t need to eat massive amounts of carbs before you run. You DO need to fuel and refuel your body, which means eating some protein + carbs, but running is definitely not an excuse to eat whatever you want. Your body will definitely tell you that you messed up! Imagine this: a girl running down the National Mall a good half mile behind her friends because she ate a ridiculous amount of peanut butter and jelly out of their respective jars with a spoon two hours before running. No, that never happened to me. I have no idea who would do such a thing. #sonauseous #worstrunever
Running gives me a lot, but it also takes a lot. I don’t always feel like lacing up my shoes and even when I do, I don’t always return on cloud nine.
You have to take care of your body. You have to stretch, you have to walk or jog after you finish your run, and you have to give your body some time to rest. But, the views that you see while you’re out there make it worth it. Listen to great music, listen to nothing at all except the sound of your feet running, just take it all in. There’s nothing wrong with running and taking a million pictures on your phone…or running to a really pretty spot in your city and just taking a little break.
Running is what YOU make it. You are not an Olympic athlete, and neither am I. Just put on some shoes, walk out your front door, and put on your game face. You might just come to love it.
So tell me…do you like to run?!
Right now, I am participating in the Runner’s World Run Streak! The goal is to run at least one mile a day from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July. Find out more about the #RWRunStreak HERE and read all about my daily fun (and struggles) HERE!