(This Global Running Day post is updated from an earlier version, published on June 2, 2021)
Happy Global Running Day! It’s time for a whole 24 hours dedicated to my favorite sport! Who’s ready to celebrate?
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. So how do we do this?
Go For A Run
Well, obviously! The primary way to honor a day about the celebration of running is… to run! You can go it alone or with friends. Our local running store offers a group run in honor of the day, but I won’t be able t attend due to a schedule conflict. Instead, I’m taking on a free virtual run through Fit2Run (register here).
Register For A Race
Adding another race to the calendar is always a great way to honor Global Running Day. I’m working on my “one race a month” plan, and it seems like this is next up. I’ll be taking on this evening event with two of my favorite running friends by my side. It’s going to be fabulous.
Commit To A Challenge
This year, I am proud to be making my third attempt at Streaking With The Cool Kids. The challenge? For every day in June, participants commit to run, walk, or jog one consistent mile. No matter what, I walk every day, so I see this as a completely reasonable goal. I am well on my way, and intend to continue streaking through June and as long as I can.
I am very reward driven, so treating myself to something new on a running “holiday” seems like a great way to celebrate. With all the miles I’m running and walking, shoes are always high on my list of running needs, I can always use more shoes. These are my most recent pair. I wonder which ones will be next?
Encourage someone in their running
Part of the joy of running is having other people join in. If you know someone who is thinking about running or has mentioned not knowing where to start, reach out and encourage them. Invite them to join you or your group for a few miles. Offer to go with them to get fitted for new shoes. Show this person how welcoming our community can be!
How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day?