Happy National Running Day!! National Running Day is held on the first Wednesday of June every year. You can go here to read more about the day. Be on the look out for discounts on running gear. One discount in particular that I know about is for the Rock ‘n Roll series. They are offering anywhere from 14-25% off their races, depending on the location.
There are many different reasons that I run but when Cori over at Olivetorun challenged everyone to write a post completing the following statement : “I run _______.” there were four reasons that immediately came to mind.
The only true full-time job in this world is being a parent. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year X FOREVER. It is the hardest yet most fulfilling job possible, but sometimes you need a few moments alone. No matter where I am in the house Brice has a way of finding me. In the bathroom? He’ll be knocking on the door. In the shower? He’s running in to splash around (our shower is walk-in so there is no door to keep him out) Running is MY time where I get to be completely alone. I do enjoy running with friends but typically for my shorter runs during the week it’s just me, myself and I.This ties in with #1 above. My brain never shuts off, which is good because if it did means I would be dead. Between work, Brice, home chores, Colin’s training, and many other things I’m always thinking about something. When I run it’s like my thoughts switch over and don’t think about the million things on my to do list. If I’m irritated before a run, by the time I finish I have put things in to perspective and feel much better. While running is usually when I am the most creative and come up with projects I want to do, or I’m able to just enjoy the view.I’m only being honest. It’s not as if I only eat dessert on the days that I run, but going for a nice hard run makes me feel better about eating a cookie.This, is the #1 reason that I continue to pound the pavement. I grew up playing sports and have always loved the competition. In my family a simple game of Chutes and Ladders or Monopoly could get pretty competitive. Running fills that void of no longer playing sports. Each race I complete is another opportunity for me to push myself to see what I can do. When I first started running this was not what I loved the most. I was always timid with my running and stayed in my comfort zone. Over the last year I have seen major improvements in my times and that keeps me coming back for more.
Unfortunately, it does not seem as if I will be running today. My back is still hurting but feels like it is on the mend. Do me a favor and run an extra mile for me today, okay??
Runners- Why do YOU run?
Nonrunners- Have you ever wanted to be a runner?