Hi everyone! Today is a really special day – it’s National Running Day! I celebrated for the first time last year and really loved reflecting on why I run. Check it out here because all of those reasons are still the same! This year, I’m linking up with Kristen from Jonesin’ For A Run and a bunch of my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors to talk about running!
1. Why do you run?
Because it makes me a stronger person in so many ways (read last year’s National Running Day post for more info on that)! Also, it’s really fun and makes me feel amazing, even on the hard days.
2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
By running of course! I’ll be participating in my half marathon training group’s speed workout tonight and I’m really excited to celebrate with my runner friends.
3. How many miles have you run so far this year?
For the first time ever I’m actually keeping track of my miles! My goal is to run 500 miles this year, and I’m currently at 193. That’s 39% of my goal and I’ve got 3 high milage months coming up so I feel like I’m doing pretty well!
4. What big events do you have on the race calendar this year?
So many! I’ll have a post on this next week, but so far I’ve got a race every weekend in June, a half marathon in July, and a really exciting race planned for August that I can’t wait to tell you all about! And my fall racing plans are still up in the air, but hopefully something on the east coast.
5. Before I leave for a run I must have:
A charged phone because I use an app to track my miles, some water (either on my fuel belt for longish/hot runs or have drank enough water 30 minutes before the run), and my super comfy Asics Gel-Kayanos so my feet won’t hurt!
6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs?
I use RunKeeper primarily. I love that it not only tracks my runs, it also lets me manually enter treadmill stuff and other workouts and also helps me keep track of my goals. I also use RunGo because you can search routes that other people have used in your area and get voice turn-by-turn directions so you never get lost!
7. Who is your favorite running partner?
Myself honestly. I love running alone and really crave my solo runs so that I can unwind and reset after a long day. But lately I’ve been running with a few different girls on my running team and I really like getting to know them – and I love that they help me push to run faster and longer!
8. What races have you ran so far this year?
This year I’ve only raced once – I ran the Zion Half Marathon in March.
9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be?
It never gets “easy”, just easier. I still struggle on runs sometimes but the more you do it, the more you will get out of it and enjoy it. I can’t imagine life without it!
10. Describe your relationship with running in one word:
Life-changing! Without running I would never have seen so many amazing places and views, met so many bloggers and in-person friends, and traveled to as many places as I have. It’s a gateway into so many new adventures and opportunities that I never would have been able to have without running.
Click the above link to read the rest of the interviews from other bloggers! If you’re looking for something to do to celebrate today, check out your local running store or just head out for a run on your own. I will be joining my fellow HTH trainees for our usual Wednesday night speed workout, but I’m sure there’s lots of fun runs happening all over the country to celebrate. Also, check out Asics on Twitter and Instagram – if you use the hashtag #GoRunItJune3 you could win free shoes! I’m really looking forward to seeing all the amazing things that people post about running today. On that note, Friday is is a special holiday too – it’s National Donut Day! So maybe people will be posting things about eating donuts all over Instagram. I know I will 🙂
Why do you run? How are you celebrating National Running Day? And if you could describe your relationship with running in one word, what would it be?