I’m certain I won’t be the only person posting today regarding National Running day, but I’m going to do it anyways.
I actually think National-anything days are pretty silly. National doughnut day, national weatherman’s day, national steak and blow job day, enough. I’ll still stand behind National Running day, though.
It’s been just over a year that I’ve been running for races and regularly since I stopped after high school. It was a long six year hiatus, I didn’t particularly care that I wasn’t running, and I certainly had no motivation. I basically have one of my good friends, Darci, to thank for the fact that I actually started running again. She was training for the Buffalo Half Marathon last year and I kind of sat back like, “Why am I not doing something like this?” then I watched her at the race and watched my high school rival run it. Not a chance I was going to let that girl do something I couldn’t do.
So, I found a half marathon for the fall and I took the plunge. And I’m so happy I did it.
I feel even better than I did in high school. My drive to continue running for fun and especially for improvement is continually higher than it ever has been. Not to mention all the other positive effects like more energy (sort of, I’m super exhausted actually but not in a lazy way), actual abs that I can see (hell yes!), more confidence, and basically a drive to be proactive in other areas of my life. It just feels awesome to rekindle that love I felt for running again and I really don’t foresee a time in my future where it isn’t included.
Hopefully today I get to partake in some kind of running. I’d love to do the track workout I have planned, but no guarantees. I’d much rather heal 100% than risk a strain turning into a tear or something equally awful.
I think today also makes a good day for a running year’s resolution. For me, I want to volunteer at a race (or races!). And I’m considering (if I have the time commitment) volunteering for Girls on the Run. How awesome would it be to inspire young girls for something I’m so passionate about? To teach them about healthy living, self respect, self esteem, and all things that can be so difficult to learn growing up? It’s one of those things where I want to just make the time commitment happen.
Enjoy your National Running Day, runners!