Today is National Running Day, let’s celebrate! We hope you’ve got a fabulous run planned for today. Whether you’re new to running and heading out for a mile or two or in the thick of marathon training let’s all lace up on this very important holiday. Does anyone else think that National Running Day should mean having the day off of work?
We’ve asked some awesome and inspiring fitness and running bloggers to share their love of running today. Grab a bottle of water or icy sports drink and feel the love. Don’t forget to comment at the bottom of the post and share YOUR running love with us.
How long have you been running?
Toni’s love of running goes way back. She’s completed 4 1/2 Marathons and 4 10K’s and over 30 5K’s over the last 15 years.
We can’t believe how long Harold’s been running, what an inspiration. “I have been running since around 1971, when I went out for my high school cross country team.” His favorite race was the 1983 Marine Corps Marathon. ”I would like to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon, sort of a dream race and qualify for Boston at the same time.”
Why did you start running?
Heather says she was “inspired after watching friends run the Disney full marathon. I got bit by the running bug!” Those Disney races sure are popular!
We love why Carrie started running. “My kids were training to get their black belts in Taekwondo and were doing a lot of running. I thought I was in shape and could keep up with them. Turns out I couldn’t. I was determined to keep up with them.”
For Mallory, “I needed a stress reliever from work and wanted to get in shape.”
Rachel’s had weightless success after beginning to run. “I started running to lose weight. I lost 60 pounds in a year because of running and changing my eating habits.”
What’s your favorite race?
Cheryl’s first race and now her fav is the Warrior Dash – “a highlight for me. I found my new love…RUNNING!”
Theodora’s favourite is the New York Marathon. “There’s nothing in the world like this race, and it was even more awesome that it was through the city where I live. (Also known as the best city on earth.) I also took 40 minutes off between my first and second marathons, so that was an amazing feeling.”
Molly has a special place in her heart for “the Boilermaker 15k, in Utica, NY. It’s the largest 15k in the country, with a hilly course that ends at a Beer Brewery. The crowd support is amazing, it’s a great time.”
What’s your favorite distance to run?
Amy says “I have fallen head over heels for the half marathon.”
Lora loves the marathon. “I love how it’s such a strategic race and there are so many factors that go into your performance (which can be good and and bad). It is definitely a race that will humble you.”
How many times do you run per week?
Amanda loves running so much she does 6-7 runs every week, a couple are usually double days. Wow!
Why do you continue to run?
This is why Angela runs: “It’s my ME time and way cheaper than therapy!”
For Lisa, “I love who I am when I’m running, free, happy, surrounded by either nature of my other amazing runner friends. It reminds me that can I do things beyond what I think are possible, It reminds me that I am strong.”
Elle loves to sweat! “I love the way I feel when I am outside and just zoning out.” She ran her first race on Mother’s Day of this year. Congratulations Elle, may there be many more to come.
What advice would you give to someone just starting to run?
Felice’s advice for new runners is to “start slow and easy, walk when you need to.” She worries that new runners may “burn out or get injured or just decide they hate running. If you take it easy, you’ll build your endurance and strength and grow to love running!” We agree Felice, walking is okay!
Kierston has been running for just under a year and has some great advice for new runners. “Be sure to get fitted for a proper shoe, your feet will thank you for it (and trust me, it makes a world of difference).”
Why do you run? Why did you start? And what are you doing today to celebrate National Running Day?