(This Global Running Day post is updated from an earlier version, published on June 6 2018)
Happy Global Running Day! It’s a whole 24 hours dedicated to this, 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.
Go For A Run
Well, obviously! The primary way to honor a day about the celebration of running is… to run! Of course, running is such a sweet reward after my wisdom tooth extraction, and I am so grateful to get to log those miles.
Register For A Race
In honor of the day, Mr PugRunner and I registered for the Bridge of Lions 5K. This is a tough race: a point-to-point 5K in July in Florida. With a bridge. But that’s ok. I’ve only done this race once before, and I think it’s time to try again.
You can even score a great discount on certain events. Best Damn Race is offering $5 off their Orlando and Safety Harbour races with code RUNSWITHPUGS!
Commit To A Challenge
I have never taken on a streaking challenge, but this year, I’m mixing it up. Streaking With The Cool Kids offered up a June Streaking Challenge, where participants commit to run, walk, or jog every day. I can do this! No matter what, I walk every day, so I see this as a completely reasonable goal. I already laid out five miles on June 1, so things are moving right along.
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, so I may be adding another pair to my rotation very soon.
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?