I run… {Happy National Running Day!}

Thank goodness for blogger friends who are on top of things. If it wasn’t for Michael’s post the other day, I would have had no idea that June 4 was National Running Day until it was way too late. And I probably would have missed out on Cori’s awesome linkup too!

The first Wednesday in June every year is National Running Day. It’s a day that is meant to celebrate a sport that means so much to us all, to inspire us, and to bring our community together. We could  join in on a group run or go out solo. We could sign up for our next race or set a new goal for ourselves. The possibilities are endless, but I know for sure that I was thinking of every single one of YOU when I was out running 6 miles this morning!

As I just mentioned right up there, Cori is having a cool link up in recognition of this holiday and she has challenged us to write a post about why we run. I hardly had to think about this for more than a minute. There are lots of reasons why I do, but the most all encompassing one is:


Hehe that’s my real handwriting. I made it into a font out of sheer boredom last year.

It’s true though. In so many ways running has made me a better mom, wife, friend, coworker, and random person you might run into on the street. After years of disordered eating, it pretty much saved me from myself. In order to run, I have had to develop what amounts to the most functional relationship with food that I’ve ever had in my life and as a result of this, I am now well-equipped to be a fit and healthy role model for my sweet daughter. And speaking of her:


The diva is strong with this one.

I will unapologetically admit to the Internet that she drives me bananas sometimes. She’s two so besides being ridiculously cute, that’s pretty much her other job. Running is sanity. I can use that time alone to clear my head and hey…if I can make it through a marathon or deal with an injury, I sure as hell should be able to handle someone drawing on the wall with a crayon. Same thing goes for my job…I work full time and I’m the only person at my company who can preform my job function. It. Gets. STRESSFUL. And running definitely takes the edge off.

I’ve learned so much about myself in the past year and for the first time in my life I really love who I am and I’m so proud of what I’ve accomplished.By comparison to a lot of other people, I haven’t been doing this very long but starting to run is one of the most significant things I’ve ever done. And I love motivating others to do the same and get SO FREAKING EXCITED when I hear that a friend of mine wants to start running or has just signed up for a big race.

Also…endorphins. I think we all know those are nice too.

Anyway, I hope everyone who is able to will celebrate today!

How many miles do you have planned? Why do YOU run?





80 thoughts on “I run… {Happy National Running Day!}

    • runsaltrun says:

      I sure hope so! She gets really excited about my races and loves to run around with her TONS of energy. 🙂 She has already participated in her first fun run too and I’m sure there will be many more in the future!

      • runsaltrun says:

        She did it all by herself with just a little help from my husband! She was the youngest one out there too. It was a lap of the Baltimore football stadium so no small feat for an 18 month old! That run was last September and I’m thinking of signing her up for one of the Disney Kids races for marathon weekend in January.

  1. 262x2 says:

    I run for me – because it gives me inner peace and happiness. There is nothing better than running on the road (or the trail) in the morning when nobody else is up yet! I was looking at my running chart last night – and realized that I had my days mixed up and today is supposed to be a day off for me. I was originally going to run four miles, but instead I’m trying to squeeze in a small. 1-mile run somewhere along the line. I couldn’t get my butt out of bed this morning!

  2. emmelineruns says:

    I run because I love it! If I didn’t love it, I’d find something I did love and do that. I want the times and the races and all of that and I find it makes me a better, more balanced person, but I would run anyway just because I enjoy it…there are few things I enjoy as much as running and that kind of stuff you just have to keep in your life.

  3. txa1265 says:

    It is funny – Sara at Life Between the Miles ‘called BS’ on people who say they wouldn’t change anything they had ever done in their lives (because it makes them who they are). Similarly, I call BS on anyone who likes to pretend their kids are perfect little angels. I’ve known people like that – and their kids – and it is at best delusional. Sure we love them, but like you say – driving us nuts and pushing our buttons ranges between a part-time and full-time job!

    I really love that you have found your healthy self – I know I’ve said it many, many times, but it doesn’t matter what motivates us to get there, just that we do. Sure we will carry some of that baggage forever, but we also learn about ourselves and how to deal with these issues when our kids confront them. It is sad that our kids will continue to deal with gender bias, discrimination, body shaming and so on … but it is reality and the more we can make them smart and strong and ready to deal with it the better.

    I got out for a great run myself this morning – 48F and dry, it was incredible. Glad you got in a great run as well.

    • runsaltrun says:

      That sounds like PERFECT weather this morning! (I wish it was dry here, our humidity is kickin’!)

      It hurts my heart that I know she will have to deal with so much of that as she grows older and I wish I could protect her from everything. But I can’t. The best I can do is be there for her to help put out the fires. And now that I’m more confident in myself as a person, I feel that I can really make that happen. She already sees me as a super hero which is just the most amazing thing in life. 🙂

  4. sarahdudek80 says:

    Your little one is an absolute doll. This is a great post. Running has definitely changed me and made me a better person. I am ever so grateful (as is my husband I am sure).

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thanks, lady! It is such an amazing feeling of accomplishment. I always tell my husband that it’s just not a feeling I ever got after stepping off the elliptical trainer haha.

  5. Kristin says:

    I love this post!! My post question was “Why do you run?”, too!! Yaaay!! I love why you run and you’re right, running teaches us so much about ourselves! It’s wonderful!!
    I ran a 10k this morning!! Happy National Running Day!! XOXO!!

  6. megztap says:

    I live in South Africa, I had never heard about national running day until today – but even if its only in the States I am joining this band wagon! running today after work – hill training, can’t wait! No, like for real, I actually like running hills! 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      It’s a worldwide thing for sure!! Definitely get in on it! 🙂
      And you are a girl after my own heart. I LOVE hills and people usually think I’m crazy for it! Have fun today!

  7. samantha couch says:

    happy running day my friend! really, REALLY bummed that i cannot run today – i’m being forced to take two weeks off due to some tendinitis in my knees that I am rehabbing so I can start training for my next half in september! but i WILL be at the gym working out. not the same, but such is life.

    i digress. you, ma’am, are a natural runner. i’ve been running for years and i’m so jealous of your pace and stamina. it does not come naturally to me at all, but i love it so i do it and just try to get stronger as i go. thanks for being such an inspiration!

    • runsaltrun says:

      That is just the nicest compliment EVER. Thank you so much, friend. ❤ You inspire ME with all the races you do and all the PRs you are setting!

      I hope your knee is feeling better and I'm sorry about the tendinitis. (I know first hand how much that sucks.) Hopefully the short break will be all you need!

  8. thelindzhaz says:

    Happy National Running Day! My husband and I definitely hope to be good running role models for our future children — your daughter is adorable!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much! 🙂 I hope she will want to run a race with me one day. She seems to enjoy attending them to watch me run now! (She always thinks I win, which is the cutest thing ever.)

  9. northernambitions says:

    Happy National Runner’s Day! I love all your reasons for running but especially that quote “I run to be the best version of myself”. I find that since I’ve started running, I feel better about myself, my body, my self-confidence and that makes me a better partner, friend, sister, etc. I also have time to work out anything that’s been bothering me in my head and 9 times out of 10 I realize I need to let things go and not stress so much. Oh and ya, those endorphin are definitely a good reason too 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      TOTALLY agree! Really loving yourself radiates out to everyone else around you. 🙂 And of course such a great form of therapy. (I’d say “cheapest” but we all know with all our gear that can be totally untrue!)

  10. hbarnstein says:

    5 rainy miles done for me, they were gorgeous and perfect 🙂 I run because I used to think I “couldn’t” – and now I know I can!

    I love your reason for running. Running is hard to balance with children and yet, so essential.

  11. Pandora Viltis says:

    Betty is too cool for school. Don’t worry, she’ll drive you nuts for years to come 😉

    I think I’m going to do a hot and sweaty 10k or so today. Easy pace because I’ve got a big race weekend coming. Running makes me a better version of myself too. 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Oh I am definitely counting on that. She’s already got so much sass and I can only imagine it will increase exponentially as she gets older. 🙂

      That was my plan for this morning too, but I ended up keeping it to 6 (UGH SO HUMID ALREADY! Wait wasn’t I just complaining about cold?) Which race do you have coming up this weekend??

      Edited because I’m dumb: I totally thought Heartbreak Hill was next weekend. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEKEND! I can’t wait to hear all about it!

      • Pandora Viltis says:

        I cut my run short too. The workout was to be 50 minutes and I ran for 52, but that brought me to just 5.7 today. It’s hot here too (not too humid, though) and my legs are feeling the cumulative fatigue of the last three workouts.

        I’m living vicariously through your daughter because I’d like to think if I’d had one, she’d be sassy too.

    • runsaltrun says:

      Yeah it’s totally tedious but fun to use sometimes. I figured my daughter might have fun with it when she’s older too (though hopefully not to like…forge my name on stuff).

  12. ljones83 says:

    Great reason! Being the best version of yourself is what we all should strive for!! Happy National Running Day!

  13. Brianna @ I run He tris says:

    I run for the mental aspect of it as much as the physical. I have a 16 month old who is full speed ahead so it’s nice to be able to get out and have some alone time. Running helps calm me and keep my head on straight which makes me a better mom, wife and coworker!

  14. themilereport says:

    I run because it makes me feel strong and happy. Running has also built perserverance.

    How are you feeling post-marathon?? Sounds like your legs are doing well? 🙂

    And how did you turn your handwriting into a font?!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Perseverance was something I lacked a lot of before I started running. 🙂
      I’m feeling pretty good! My legs feel well but I definitely get physically tired more easily so I took it pretty easy today (especially with the humidity…not trying to kill myself out there). How are you feeling this week?

      Oh and there is a program you can use online to do it. You print out a form and fill it out and scan it. It’s one of the most frustrating things I’ve ever done.

      • themilereport says:

        I haven’t been running a whole lot since the race, but I feel okay. I ran with my bf over the weekend (he is way faster than me) and my achilles started hurting, so I’m crosstraining this week to make sure my achilles doesn’t flare up

  15. piratebobcat says:

    Happy NRD to you too! I met up with group this morning and ran a speedy 3.5. It was sweaty fun! Congrats to you! You’ve become such a great runner and inspierer (if that’s a word). 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Ahhh I wish I had a group to run with! It’s super sweaty up here too now, so I imagine it’s a million times worse where you are. YOU are such a great runner and an inspiration to us all! I probably wouldn’t be so obsessed with Dopey if it wasn’t for you! 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much! I’m with you. I never realized how competitive I was until I ran in my first race. Pushing yourself that way is such an awesome and rewarding feeling!

  16. Shawna says:

    ahhh i wasn’t going to run today b/c it was a rest day, and of course now i feel like i have to and that i owe it to the universe since there’s actually a day to celebrate running and all! so we’ll see. kinda exhausted but mayyyybe can eek out a mile or two. 🙂 happy “love being a runner” day!

  17. Hailey @ Striding Strong says:

    I LOVE your reasons for running! I love hearing the stories of why other people run and I’m so glad that you were able to discover running. It doesn’t matter that you may have started later, it just matters that you started at all so that you could be that best version of yourself for yourself and for your daughter.Happy National Running Day! P.S. did you get your running charm? I got a confirmation that it was delivered, but wanted to ask 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      Ahhh I could have sworn I messaged you someplace…it might have been Twitter? Yes I definitely got it and I LOVE it!! Thank you so much for sending it and for the great giveaway! (And you have the nicest handwriting I’ve ever seen. YOU should make a font!)

  18. Change of Pace says:

    I love everything about this! The paragraph where you say for the first time in your life you really love who you are- so wonderful and heart-warming. I’m so happy you found running and it has helped you in so many ways!
    You’ve accomplished so much, running and life, so be proud!!

  19. Run Colby Run says:

    You are one badass. You made a font of your own handwriting?!?!? THAT’S SO DOPE. And Miss Betty is fierce! And I run to become a better version of myself. I have learned so much about myself through running. And you know what? It’s taken me a long time to say this—but I like who I am becoming! Ain’t that a kick in the ass! 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      YOU ARE SO DOPE! And she is already one of the sassiest people I know so I can only imagine what I’m in store for as she gets a little older.

      Truly loving and appreciating who YOU are is one of the best feelings in the world. I know I like who you are and I’m glad you do too! ❤

  20. irenejean says:

    I love running because it seems to center me. If I’m having a crazy hectic day, getting a run in helps put things in perspective. It clears my head. And it helps me not suffer too many consequences from eating way too much ice cream. 😉

  21. she's going the distance says:

    I run to clear my mind and sort out thoughts. Today i didn’t get to run, my ankle was being a little bitch–but i was still very thankful for all the great runs and races i’ve had over the last few years and i know when i get back to it i will have a greater passion than ever before 🙂

    • runsaltrun says:

      You are going to be a serious force to be reckoned with when you get back! Your positivity through your injury has been so inspiring to me and I’m so excited for you to get better! 🙂

  22. ambertherunner says:

    Oh my gosh, it’s like you stole the thoughts from my brain and worded it into a perfect all-encompassing phrase. (Also, that’s so cool that you turned your handwriting into a font!)
    Everything from the disordered eating to the stressful job, running helps me manage my past and present issues in a healthy way 🙂

  23. kristenk says:

    Love it! I run for the same reasons. I can’t imagine life without running anymore! Also, if I ever become a mom, I know I’m going to rely heavily on my alone time runs 🙂

  24. fitnessmeetsfrosting says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! I run because someone told me I couldn’t 🙂 If you know me, you know that I am stubborn and don’t like being told what to do. When my doc told me I couldn’t run because of my back injury, of course I got bummed and didn’t run for a while. Then I realized he is only one opinion and I wanted to prove him wrong!

    PS that’s so freaking awesome you have your own font. I want one! Pretty soon people will be handing in essays using your font 😉

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