I discovered that yesterday was National Running Day via the most reliable news source out there… Facebook. (It’s sad how many breaking news stories I’ve caught first on Facebook this year). What is this National Running Day you speak of? At first I figured it was just another silly “fill in the blank here___” Day, otherwise known as an excuse to eat, drink or be merry. Examples: National Drink Wine Day, National Yo-Yo Day, National Battery Day. Wait? Screeeeeech. National Battery Day? It’s true. There is a National Battery Day. There is also National Repeat Day. There is also National Repeat Day.
Needless to say, although I am a runner, I did not give much credence to National Running Day. Some retired marathoner probably just declared June 1st National Running Day and got a few of his buddies to go along with it, right? Then I noticed it was a trending topic on Twitter. Hmmm. More than 10 people must be aware of this “holiday.” Turns out the creators of National Running Day have put together quite a swanky little website in honor of our favorite pastime. It’s, like, actually kind of organized. They’ve got major sponsors, national activities, and make it a vessel for fundraising. Impressed!
Here is the manifesto of National Running Day. It sums up exactly why I love running:
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It is a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.
That’s so cool! I hereby declare my support of National Running Day and am rather bummed that I missed out on the communal frivolities yesterday. I was too distracted by the beauty of Marilyn Monroe.
According to the website, here are the 10 ways I could have celebrated Ntl. Running Day:
- Declare your passion (Do that all the time on this blog)
- Bring a runway to work (Not even sure what that means, so I guess I didn’t do it)
- Morph your friends into running friends (I got Brad to go on a run with me. He’s my friend. Also my friend Nick told me he ran yesterday. That counts.)
- Change happy hour to running hour (I had to babysit post-work yesterday, which entailed running after a 5 year old. That totally counts)
- Strike new ground (yeah, I didn’t really do that)
- Give the gift of happy feet (this involves donating to a charity that makes athletic shoes accessible to children in need. I didn’t do this yesterday, but it’s such a cool org, I definitely plan on donating soon!)
- Make running run in the family (My family lives in Sacramento/Long Beach/New York. Did any of you run yesterday?)
- Choose a running resolution (Oooh, that’s a good one. I didn’t do that yesterday; but I did pledge to run to Tahiti at the beginning of this year so I think I’ll focus on that resolution for awhile. Totally counts)
- Take advantage of the great outdoors (I live, and run, at the beach. Counts)
- Treat yourself like a champion (I do that everyday! 🙂 )
As it turns out, I covered most of the National Running Day celebratory suggestions by default. Further proof why making running a part of your lifestyle can be so rewarding. Happy belated national running day everyone!
PS, they’ve also got a great “10 Tips for Beginning Runners” on their website! I’m totally going to steal it and include it in my next edition of A Beginner’s Guide to Running. Plagiarism be damned.