Today is National Running Day. This day is marked by a series of national events that celebrate running. Whether you are a veteran runner solidifying your commitment, or a beginning runner looking to get started, National Running Day is a day for you to get out on your favorite piece of ground and pound out a few miles.
This year’s theme, according to RunningDay.org, is “I RUN…”
They are encouraging people to declare their passion for running by completing this phrase any way they like. Reasons run from the practical:
I run to stay healthy.
to the comical:
I run in sexy pants.
You can tweet your reasons, post them on Facebook, or just keep them to yourself. If you check out the RunningDay.org website, you can find group runs in your area, or you could just set out on your own Anywhere5K.
Personally, I run for my health. More specifically, I run to stay healthy long enough to see my daughter grow up. I am not concerned as much about speed, as I am concerned about giving myself a good cardiovascular workout.
I also want to set a good example for my daughter. I want her to see exercise as an important part of her life. It seems that children don’t get outside and play anymore, and are suffering from lack of physical activity. (Click to make your own “I RUN…” badge.)
My wife shares this concern. She and my daughter will begin a C25K training program next week, and I couldn’t be happier. We look forward to running our first Family Anywhere5K in about ten weeks.
So get out today and run. If you are a runner, encourage your friends and family to join you. Find a group in your area, grab your buddies, or just run your favorite route alone. Post your reasons on your favorite social media and let the world know you love to run. And don’t forget to get out there and run.
Happy Running Day!
About Ken Storen
Ken is the proudest father of the greatest little 7 year old on the planet. In order to keep up with her infinite energy, he likes to take long, slow jogs. It is the only way he can remain in shape to play hour after hour of ”Catch the Cheetah”. He also did and does a lot of other stuff.