Today is National Running Day…as if I needed another excuse for running. I went for a short run last night (1.75 miles, because that’s what I had time for.) We’re getting to a time of year where I hate running outside. I basically love running in the fall and spring because of the extreme temperatures in winter and summer. I’m a finicky runner, apparently.
So in honor of National Running Day, I went for a run this morning. I actually had time to get a run in at 6 a.m. because my first meeting wasn’t until 10 a.m. (and I had lunch plans, so I can’t run during lunch.) I’m also signing up for another half marathon, to be completed in November.
(View from this morning’s run)
I run because it’s accessible and calming for me. It’s a challenge, but there are some days it’s much easier for me – and those days make up for the really, really tough days.
I’ve been a runner since 7th grade. So many years! 24 years, to be more precise. I went out for the track team instead of other “team” sports because I’m not a huge fan of competition (and I don’t like to let people down if I am not the best player on the team.) Running, even on the track team, was more of an individual sport for me. I got into long distances in high school. I was goofing off in the 2-mile run and the coach saw how easy it came to me and put me in that race the rest of that season…and the seasons after that.
I ran cross country in college. I stopped running competitively my senior year of college (because of a guy) and I picked it back up after I graduated because it was a stress reliever.
Running has always been there for me.
So have these shoes. 🙂
This Saturday, I’ll run my 11th half marathon. It won’t be super fast (my training hasn’t been super fast), but I’ll get it done. And I’ll add a medal to my collection. And another 13.1 miles to my shoes.
Are you running today? If you aren’t a runner, have you ever considered it?
As a sidenote, if you are a runner, I urge you to consider purchasing a Road ID bracelet. I have one (with multiple bracelets if I want to change the color.) It’s important to have your information and emergency contacts just in case something happens. Accidents happen. And sometimes we runners like to run alone (and then it’s SO MUCH MORE important to have something identifying you!) That link is an affiliate link, but even if it wasn’t an affiliate link, I’d urge you to get one. 🙂