Happy National Running Day!
Yesterday, I had the day off work and had a million errands to run, one of them was a 7 – 9k run outside. I took my sweet time getting ready and took forever to get ready … procrastination was my game yesterday. It was 19 degrees celsius and only going to get warmer. I left the house a little worried I wouldn’t be able to run in the heat after all…it’s been a late start to spring/summer weather in Nova Scotia.
Why I run?
This really hasn’t changed for me in the last few years….
I run for my girls, my husband and my family. I run to escape and think about life at the same time. I run to be healthy and fit. I run for the passion of leading a healthy lifestyle. I run to be a positive role model for my young daughters. I run for me.
What I’ve learned about running:
1. The more time you invest in your running the more you benefit from it.
2. That my Garmin is a tool to help me reach my goals but my body and mind are what get me there.
3. That I can challenge myself and reach my goals EVEN when I think they are lofty goals.
4. That the support I receive from my friends, my family and bloggers is something I never expected.
5. That I’m a strong person.
6. That I am a positive role model for my girls.
7. That I can influence others with this blog (which I never really thought I would do).
8. Bad runs are good for you. Many bad runs are good for you.
9. To plan your recovery after a race – your legs will thank you.
10. Running is good for your mental health in more ways than we know it.
My 2012 & 2013 National Running Day Posts
For more National Running Day post – check out Olive to Run! A little link up love by Olive To Run.
Why do you run?
What have you learned from running? (Or walking, cycling, crossfit, zumba, dance etc)
Has physical activity/sport ever changed you?
24 thoughts on “Happy National Running Day!”
This is an awesome post. Absolutely love it. Happy running day!
Happy running day to you too!
Happy running day! I love running and the running community. It’s just a big extended family!! Plus running permits me to eat so much more food. My dog loves it too and it’s important she’s happy as otherwise the house gets destroyed!
The running community is pretty unique. Oh, the amount of food I want to eat is crazy these days – almost worst than when I was pregnant! ha ha! Yes, better to have a happy dog!
I love that you shared your post from past national running days 🙂 I run for multiple reasons as well- it really does give back so much!
Thanks! I just added the link to your blog link up for this 🙂 I feel I’m going to spend a lot of time reading some new and awesome blogs 🙂 Thanks for hosting.
What a fabulous post! I love the endorphins and the happy feelings that come after I go for a run. Makes for a much less stressful life and it’s cheaper than therapy 🙂
Thank you 🙂 I love the feeling after my runs too – such a good feeling!
You are an inspiration for still getting your running in even with two young kids and a hubby who is away sometimes … I always assume that I will have to give up running once we start a family, but you give me hope 🙂
Thank you Molly. You will never have to give up anything when you become a Mom….you may just have to adjust your expectations for a little while and then re-adjust them again 🙂 I knew after both girls it would be a long road back to where I was with running but I would eventually get there. The coolest thing now is having them at a run and having them tell me I won! Oh – and seeing them want to run/be active too!
It’s beyond rewarding 🙂 You’ll be an awesome Mom!
Great post! Running is definitely more than just a way to exercise, and it gives so much more back than you could ever imagine.
Thank you. I sure does!
Physical exercise has taught me that my body can and it will but my mind is the number one thing that has to be mastered. I also learned what I call the show up rule. I love working out but I still talk myself into the gym every time I go… five times a week. So I have a rule. I have to put my gym clothes on and walk into the gym and if I still want to go home then I can. It’s never happened.
That is such a great motivation to get your workout in! Most people give up before they even make any attempts to get off the couch/get dressed. When i’m having a hard day and really don’t to work out, I always get dressed and do what I can…it’s better than nothing.
Happy running day!
Same to you!
Lovely post! I love running for the accomplishment I feel afterwards. I actually got in 3.5 miles today, it was hot so it was tough but that feeling was waiting for me at the end 🙂
Yeah for you running!!! That’s great…in the heat and all.
This is a great post!!! Love it! As for me, I just love everything about running. Mainly though, it’s because it makes me feel free!
Thank you 🙂 I love the way running makes me feel too – there are so many levels to it. Cheers!
Awesome awesome post and I agree with every single one of the things you have learned from running. I think my most favorite thing about it is the way that my daughter views my running. She gets so excited about my races and thinks I win every time. And really if she is going to see me like a superhero, that’s the best prize I could ever get! I LOVE that picture of you and your daughter! She is such a character!
I’m not much of a runner, but my husband is, I should probably give it a go!
It’s taken me a LONG time to feel like I am a runner. It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other…walking or running …. and about moving a little more 🙂
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