Kristen, from Jonesin’ For A Run, is hosting a great linkup for National Running Day!
And what better way to celebrate, besides actually going OUT for a run, than talking about WHY we run!
Feel free to play along on your own blog!
1. Why do you run?
I run for my health and for my family. It’s an activity that the three of us can share – either by actually lacing up and hitting the asphalt, or by supporting and cheering for each other.
I also do it to challenge myself. Running has helped me to push myself to my limits and beyond. It’s something that will serve me well fitness-wise, and in other areas of my life.
2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
I will be headed out to a local running group’s Prediction Run. The “winner” of a Prediction Run isn’t the fastest runner. It’s the runner who most accurately predicts their run time, and then fulfills that time without the aid of watch, phone or other timing device. I may even end up registering for the group itself. I have never belonged to an official, dues and meetings kind of running group and the price is definitely reasonable.
3. How many miles have you run so far this year?
As of the writing of this blog post, 219. I’ve been trying to run more quality miles, rather than the dreaded “junk” miles. We will see how that works out for me.
4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
There are always so many great events, but I am registering for the following:
and the Space Coast Half Marathon.
There are plenty of other races on my calendar, too, but these are the biggest ones for the year.
5. Before I leave for a run, I must have:
My Feetures socks, Armpocket arm band for my phone and iPod (not a necessity but I do like it), my Road ID tag, and my Mizuno Wave Inspire 11s.
6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?
I love Daily Mile. It’s like Twitter for running and working out. I get so much great encouragement from my DM friends, and it’s a great way to keep up with everyone’s progress.
7. Who is your favorite running partner?
And this guy.
I honestly don’t have an actual running partner, by definition. I have awesome running friends who I see at races and running events, but I am going to be working on finding an actual person with whom to run.
8. What races have you run so far this year?
To date, I have completed 11 races.
- Best Damn Race Jacksonville 10K (virtual)
- WDW Marathon
- ZOOMA Florida 12K
- Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay
- Best Damn Race Orlando 10K
- GATE River Run
- March to Get Screened 5K Event
- Cupcake Run benefitting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida
- Beson4 Media Group Corporate 5K
- Castaway Cay 5K
- Florida Striders Memorial Day 5K
9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?
Run for you.
It’s really, really, really easy to get sucked into competing with everyone else, and to get down on ourselves when we don’t perform how we would like. The thing is, running is so personal and fluctuates from day to day.
You can’t have the good without the bad, and every difficult or horrible run gives way to a more magical and wonderful one.
Additionally, set the challenges and goals you want to achieve, not what you think you should achieve. Push yourself and don’t give up. Be smart and dedicated and consistent. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is progress in running (or anything).
10. Describe your relationship with running in one word:
I love running. Or maybe I love how I feel after I’m done running. I’m not entirely sure. There are days when I want to pitch my sneakers in the trash and move on to other interests, but I always, always, always go back.
So, that’s my running story, in the answers to ten questions.
How about you?
Answer some of these in the comments below and/or write your own post and link back to Jonesin’ For A Run!
Have a great day running!