If you're a runner (and probably even if you aren't) I don't need to tell you that today, June 6 is National Running Day. How fabulous! A whole made up holiday to celebrate running!
I spend plenty of time running and thinking/talking about running. Today is definitely just another day to reflect on why we run, how it makes us feel and what keeps us coming back for more!
Running has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't was out running 5ks in my diapers and I was never on the track team. I grew up watching my amazing father finish countless 5k & 10k races, a handful of marathons and most recently a few Goofy Challenge races (a half marathon followed by a full the next day). Throughout my life, I've watched and cheered my dad as he humbly runs race after race, without much complaint and never seeking recognition. He would finish his training runs so early in the morning that if I didn't see those New Balances by the door, I would never have known he'd been gone. Needless to say, he's the reason I started running and continues to be my inspiration. Without even knowing it, he has taught me so many life lessons through running. Now as I'm getting older, there's not much I enjoy more than running with my dad.
We don't need to go fast, we just run.
I continue run because it makes me happy. There is never a time when I don't feel better after a run than I did before it. Running is my outlet. Nothing relieves my stress like a good run. It makes me physically and mentally better in so many ways.
I only hope that I can continue to follow in my dad's footsteps (pun intended) and run for years and years to come!
Now you tell me...
Why do YOU run? Did you get a chance to get out there for a run to celebrate this "holiday"?!
If not, there's still a few hours left in the day! ;) Lace up those shoes and get out there!