…guess what’s trending on Twitter today?
That’s right – #nationalrunningday! Who’s planning on joining in on the fun today? I was able to get my run this morning…I set my alarm for 7:30 am (not too early, but early enough when you don’t really *need* to be up then!)…I didn’t think I’d get out the door, but knowing it was National Running Day made me pop out of bed, strap my shoes on and head out the door. About 5 miles later, I was a happy runner.
So I thought I would share some of my personal reasons for why I run!
- It feels great. This doesn’t mean that every run is carefree and speedy, pain free and flowing! Rather, regardless of how fun or not the run may be, I ALWAYS feel better for having gone. Think about it: we all complain before the workout (“I don’t have time today!” “I think a nap would be better.” “There’s laundry to do!”) but no one ever complains after a workout (“What an accomplishment!” “That felt great.” “Glad I squeezed that workout in!”). So one reason I run is because of how it makes me feel!
- Running offers me time to think alone. I’m a people person – I would almost always choose to be with others than have a day solo to myself. But I recognize that going out for a run and taking that time for myself not only makes me a better person for the rest of the day, but it allows me the chance to process if I need to, to pray as I move, or to simply allow my mind to be clear, at rest and free. I may not take much time for myself in more obvious ways, but using my running time as that personal time makes a big difference in my day.
It connects me to a larger community. Although I haven’t run in a group or with a running buddy since high school (where I ran cross country and track for 4 years), I’m realizing that running offers a chance to be a part of another community in life, and I love that! Whether it exists in the blogosphere, giving me a chance to read and be inspired about others’ running exploits, or face-to-face at races or as I meet other runners in the Calgary area, running connects. What runner hasn’t ducked behind some bushes mid-day to go to the bathroom, planned their social activities around their run for the day, or been super proud of themselves for taking their first ice bath? Yep – it’s a community. As I tweeted recently,
Some of the running blogs I check often include:
Aron at Runner’s Rambles; Page at twentysixandthensome; Sabrina at Radioactive Runner; and Janae at Hungry Runner Girl. Check them out and get some motivation (while still feeling “normal” when you get ice cream and candy cravings!).
Running acts as an emotional and spiritual release for me. On my run yesterday, as I was listening to my new favorite band Mumford & Sons, I suddenly felt alive. My legs felt heavy and I wasn’t feeling fast and free, but as soon as the song, “Awake My Soul” came on, I suddenly burst into life, running taller, bounding rather than shuffling and actually clapping my hands and yelling out, “Whooo!” like I was at a Scottish Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee)! It was incredible! And it wasn’t just because I liked the song, but rather because it brought to life who God’s created me to be – his child, his beloved, his daughter, a runner. Not only is running a way for me to process when I’m overwhelmed or feeling anxious, but it’s a reminder for me of who I am in my core, and running is one way I feel God’s pleasure (to quote Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire) and connect to Him.
So my question for you today is why do you run? Need some more reasons to get out there (or hit your treadmill) and move? Check out this site for 10 Reasons to Celebrate. Here’s another article from Runner’s World about this special day but from an entirely different perspective (“Why run on National Runner’s Day? Should we get it off?!”). Miss your window of time to run today? Celebrate tomorrow! Or the next day!
Even if running’s not exactly your thing, I hope whatever movement you choose today leaves you feeling inspired, motivated and healthy all over! Use that momentum to power you through the rest of the day with good choices that leave you feeling incredible – because you are! And to my fellow runners out there, Happy National Running Day! Get out there and enjoy the ability to run regardless of pace or ability – you’re a runner.
Live well & be well,
PS: Happy June! I love this month of the year, and not just because my brother’s and my birthday’s are in this month! 😉 The sights and sounds of summer are the best. Let’s just hope summer starts showing its head soon!