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:
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?
HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY, ALL YOU FABULOUS RUNNERS! I LOVE YOU ALL!