“National Running Day allows longtime and beginner runners alike to celebrate the sport and build connection and community between fellow runners of all ages and abilities, as well as attracts new participants. Whether runners join a group run for the hundredth or first time, spread the running bug to a friend, sign up for a race, or set a new goal, the day is meant to celebrate the reasons and people that make a running a special part of their lives.”
You all likely know how important running is to me. In fact, it has completely changed my life, and was one of the most important factors contributing to me starting my healthy living journey. I’ll never forget the feeling I had when I finished my very first 5K without walking … it was like I could conquer the world. I wanted Kevin to be proud of me (despite the fact that he likely finished a good 20 minutes before me!), I wanted his parents to know that I could finally be a “real runner,” and I wanted to shout to anyone listening that I had finished a 5K … but most importantly, I was proud of myself, something that most of us forget to feel on a day-to-day basis.
Since I first started running, I have run 5 marathons, 29 half marathons, countless other races, started a race to raise money for children with cancer (which just held its 3rd annual race!), become a Certified Running Coach myself, run over 10,000 miles in training (I have logs with varying detail back through 2008), and grown so much as a person through running.
If you want to start running, too, I’m happy to help you out with my running coaching – just let me know that you’re interested with this form. My coaching focuses mostly on those who want to start running, those who want to run their first half marathon, and those who want to improve their half marathon times.
Whether you’re already a great runner or you’ve never run a step in your life, if you’re able, go out and celebrate today by going for a run. If that means running 30 seconds, that’s a great step – just do it, and feel proud of yourself! Because I think everyone who runs is a runner, as long as you’re moving your feet, taking a moment to appreciate the run, and feeling proud of your accomplishments!
(Cori has a link up if you want to read other National Running Day stories as well!)
A Personal Celebration
Tomorrow marks my four year wedding anniversary, and I can’t let it slip by without a quick comment. I don’t go into all that many personal details on the blog, but I’ll get a little sappy on you today, for a good reason.
Kevin is my rock, my sanity, my best friend, and the only person who can make me instantly feel like everything is going to be OK just by walking in the room. He understands me better than anyone else in the world, puts up with a ton (I’m not an easy person to be married to!), and supports my dreams in so many ways. I feel so lucky to have him as my husband, and it’s been a great four years (although we’ve been together for almost 11!). Here’s to many, many more!
So tell me in the comments: Are you going to celebrate National Running Day? What does running, or exercise in general, mean to you? What are you celebrating today?