Greetings, fellow midpackers, and a Happy National Running Day to one and all!
Wait… What is National Running Day, you ask!?
According to the official website: “The mission of National Running Day is to designate one national day to promote running as a healthy, easy, and accessible form of exercise”
How do you celebrate National Running Day? Well, for one, feel free to take the day off. Just tell your boss that Mark Remy said it was okay. If she questions that, you can point her to Mark’s 2010 suggestions for ways to celebrate the holiday. If she’s still not convinced, perhaps 2009′s humorous suggestions would be more convincing.
For my part, I have a few suggestions of my own for how to mark the holiday.
Encourage some non-runner friends to join you for a short jog. Most people are completely capable of running, but are afraid that they don’t know how. Most of them just need a slight nudge to join the legions of runners nationwide. Start with walking/jogging intervals. You don’t even have to go terribly far. Just getting out is enough to mark the occasion, and it has other benefits as well.
Register for a race. If you aren’t already training for a specific race, consider finding a 5k or a fun run locally to train for. Like, oh, say a certain virtual 5K that’s ending shortly (hint, hint). Having a tangible goal like a race you’re training for can help keep you focused and running, even if you don’t always feel like it.
Rediscover the joy of running. If you’re a seasoned runner, try getting back to basics. Turn off your Garmin, leave your iPod at home, and go out and just run. Try running some fartleks, or leash up the dog and go run some circles in the grass. Try and remember that before we started treating running as a serious sport, we all ran just for the sheer exhilaration of feeling the wind on our faces and the ground beneath our feet.
Now go out there and have a great National Running Day!
Why do you run? And how are you celebrating National Running Day? Leave me some love in the comments.