June 6 marks Global Running Day, a celebration of the sport of running held annually on the first Wednesday of the month.
The whole purpose of Global Running Day is to honor running: it doesn’t matter if you’re new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, if you have a rack full of medals or if you prefer to just log miles on your own, if you’re fast or slow, if you’re old or young.
In fact, there is a goal to get 60 million kids out for a run on this day! Being active is always the name of the game, so I love encouraging healthy habits at an early age.
1. Go For A Run!
Well, obviously! The primary way to honor a day about the celebration of running is… to run! I pledged to run 6 miles through the Global Running Day website, and I am excited to make those happen in the morning.
2. Register For A Race!
Do you have a stack of bibs from past races? Have you never toed the start line of an official running event? Doesn’t matter! It’s time to go for it! So many cities and towns have locals 5Ks available to runners, especially at this time of year. Check with friends, your local running stores, or you can use Running in the USA to help you find what’s nearest to you.
You can even score a great discount on certain events. Best Damn Race is offering $5 off their Jacksonville, Orlando, New Orleans and Safety Harbour races with code RUNPUGS!
And if you visit the Run Rock ‘n’ Roll website, you can find some great deals there, too!
3. Encourage someone to run for the first time!
We were all non-runners, at one point. All it took was one person to encourage us to lace up and take that first step. If you have a friend out there who hasn’t yet taken the plunge (you know the one: he’s said he would love to give running a try some day or she’s mentioned that she might be down for a 5K in the future), now’s the chance. Invite them to run with you. Make it a reasonable distance (even just a mile or two), and keep the pace easy and the conversation amazing. You may just help someone else love running just as much as we do.
4. Treat Yo’self!
Sometimes, we need a little incentive. Feeling like you don’t have much running mojo these days? Spice things up with a fresh pair of running shoes, a new top or some great accessory. It doesn’t have to break the bank… consider these Goodr sunglasses – only $25 for cute, polarized and comfortable running shades.
5. Add to the 60 Million Kids!
Maybe it’s your daughter or son, a niece or nephew, a neighbor or cousin or student. Get a child out there to run. My first experience with running was laps around the PE field. I remember being absolutely miserable out there, and it took a long time convince myself that running could actually be fun. I hope that my little guy finds some kind of joy in running as he goes through his life
How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day?
Are your first memories of running positive or negative?