Happy Global Running Day!
June 1 marks this momentous occasion, and I am linking up with Jonesin For A Run to answer some questions about the role running plays in my life.
Feel free to answer some of these questions in the comment section or in your own post (and link back to me and Jonesin’ For A Run so we can see!)
Why do you run?
I run for my health and the challenge of the sport. I love pushing myself to see what I can accomplish and what goals I can achieve.
How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
I am hopeful to go for a run with some members of my local Moms Run This Town chapter. I don’t get to see them often, so it would be nice to celebrate this event with them.
How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?
Unfortunately, due to injury, my mileage is a lot lower than I would like. Currently, I am sitting at 190.4 miles. I haven’t set any kind of goal for the year, simply because I don’t know how long it’s going to take me to get back to full training. Hopefully, I can safely hit 500 miles, but I guess we will have to wait and see.
What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
After my injury, I am trying to be very patient and cautious and selective about races. The operative phrase is “trying to be.” I love racing, and it’s been very hard to hold myself back from signing up for everything.
At the moment, I am looking at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Remix Challenge (Half Marathon one day and a 5K on the other), and of course, the Space Coast Half Marathon. I imagine I will add in some other races as I get stronger and more confident, but these are the current heavy hitters.
Before I leave for a run I must have:
My Garmin, my music and my shoes.
Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?
Absolutely! I use my Garmin Forerunner 220 on each run (and ride), and then I upload the data to Strava. I love the way the site keeps track of my routes, splits and miles, and I can even upload swims, yoga, rides and other forms of workouts to keep everything logged in one place.
Who is your favorite running partner?
I am incredibly lucky to have so many great running buddies. I love running with people who are positive and encouraging, who challenge me to push harder and who support me when I fall (literally).
What races have you run so far this year?
Again, it’s been a bit of a light year so far. Since the start of the year, I’ve had
- 13.1 at Princess Place & 5K
- Best Damn Race Jacksonville
- Wolfson Children’s Challenge Ultra Relay
- Enchanted 10K
- Princess Half Marathon
- Gate River Run 15K
- St. Patty’s Day 5K
- Publix Savannah Women’s Half Marathon & 5K
- Beson4 Corporate Run 5K
- Florida Striders’ Memorial Day 5K
There are quite a few I would have liked to include in this list, but it wasn’t meant to be.
We all start somewhere, and our journeys all take different paths. Running is personal. It’s not about being better than those around you, but being better than yourself. Run for yourself and everything else will fall into place.
Describe your relationship with running in one word:
Every day is different. My goals are always changing. I love that there is no end game in sight. When I achieve one goal, I can shift to work on something else. As I grow and develop, so do the things I want to get from my running. It keeps everything new and fresh.
So there you have it! A little glimpse into my miles and why I run.
Tell us about you!