Happy National Running Day!!! If you haven’t done so already, check out http://www.runningday.org. Here you can find:
- Runs going on around your town today- connect with fellow runners!
- Create your own “Why I Run” badge
- Pledge your miles using the Charity Miles app (Looks like Runner Girl Robin predicted the future that this app would become a great hit!)
Also, click here to find some cool discounts and free stuff from Runningday.org!
The badge pictured above is mine!
I want to know: what will your badge say? How are you going to celebrate national running day? What charity are you going to run for?
It’s the same old drill we’ve all been through a thousand times; my legs had been feeling crappy for the past couple days so the last thing I wanted to do was go out and suffer through another run.
Just get it done, even if you only get through 3 miles it’s better than nothing I told myself.
I put my headphones in, laced up my shoes, started my charity miles (today’s pick was Stand Up 2 Cancer) and headed out the door.
I couldn’t have been more than a quarter mile into my run, and I was flying. Finally, after days of lead legs, I felt good again! I came in through my first mile at 7:50. Hooray, my life isn’t ending!
I ended up going much farther than I had originally intended, and probably would have pushed it further despite the harsh cold winds. I walked into the house incredibly grateful that I’d decided to go, and how much my day had improved because of the run. So I made a mental list of the positives
- I raised $1.25 for Stand Up 2 Cancer. It may not be a lot, but it’s $1.25 more than I would have raised had I not run
- I felt confident after this run; even after a really awful couple of days I was able to bounce back
- My days are significantly improved by runs; today was no exception
When I stopped my watch, the quote above was the first thing that popped into my head. “‘I really regretted that run,’ said no one ever.”
Even on the tough days, it’s always worth the extra effort to push through the brick wall. You never know what might be waiting on the other side.