Happy National Running Day! I celebrated early this morning with a nice, easy paced 8 miles to recover from my track workout yesterday. Sometimes those easy runs are the best.
Today I’m participating in Cori’s “I Run…” statement link-up – make sure to head on over to her blog to check out everyone’s posts about why they run!
When I first sat down to write this post I had no idea what I was going to say. There is no way that I can express all the reasons why I run in one short statement. There are so many things that have influenced my love of running and my drive to get up early each morning and go for a run. In the end I came up with an overwhelming list of ways to complete the statement “I Run…”, some serious, some funny, and some that reminded me of things that have slipped my mind recently.
So I apologize for not having a short, succinct post for you today but I thought I would share all the reasons (I can currently think of) why “I Run…”
… to connect with friends, near and far. Running with friends is seriously the best thing ever! Waking up before dawn and chatting for hours on long runs really leads to close bonds. Even when we live on opposite sides of the country we are still connected through our love of running and our constant need to talk about it with each other! … for the uniforms. Runderwear/buns/spankies are quite a sexy fashion statement, yes?
… because runners are the best people. Runners are a strange breed and I’m proud to be one of them! Some of the best times in my life have been spent with my running friends.
… to push myself to the next level of the sport and to be the best athlete I can be. Racing is the reward that we get for all the hard work we put in day after day. I run so that I’m prepared when race day comes! … because nothing compares to that feeling after a hard workout or really long run. That heavy-legged, let me lay down right here and drink a liter of water is what I live for!… to be a part of something bigger than myself. No matter how many individual titles and races I win there is something so special about being part of a team and working hard together to achieve something great!
… because it’s in my blood. Running is something that nearly everyone in my family shares. I was so lucky to get to run XC and track with my sister in high school and every time my fam does a Turkey Trot or 5K together I’m on cloud nine!
… for my sanity and for the sanity of those around me. Just ask my family and friends – everyone is much happier when I’ve gotten in my daily run!
If you can’t run today or are looking for even more ways to celebrate today there are quite of few National Running Day deals floating around that you can take advantage of!
ProCompression is having a 50% off deal if you use the discount code “JUNE” from now until June 15th. Those are some pretty sweet savings if you ask me!AND if you are looking for your next race the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series is having a ONE DAY SALE where you can save up to 25% off your race entrance fee! Seriously, 25%!If you haven’t seen this video of a news reporter trying to run with the men’s leaders of the Stockholm Marathon this past weekend, and need a good chuckle, it’s worth a watch! 🙂
What is your “I Run…” statement?