Happy Global Running Day, everyone! May your miles be merry, blisters be banished, splits be spectacular, bling be bitchin’ and your running slumps be few.
Speaking of running slumps. Robert isn’t the only one who’s fallen off the wagon lately.
Not only have I fallen off the wagon, I’ve been lounging in the dirt, getting pricked by cactuses and run over by tumbleweeds while disapproving carcass skulls give me the stink eye and buzzards circle above, anticipating having my lazy, lethargic rear for lunch as the wagon rolls off to the horizon, leaving behind nothing but dust and unfulfilled dreams.
But that’s okay.
Right now, I’m blasting Shakira’s Try Everything, focusing on the line:
I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end and then I’ll start again
And today is Global Running Day, practically a national holiday for my people, so okay, whatever, yes, my effort has been crappy lately but that’s the past. Today is a fresh start and clean slate, so I’M STARTING AGAIN and I will keep starting again because running isn’t just about the accumulated miles, PR’s, and filled medal racks.
It’s about the journey.
It’s about the friends you make and strangers on a running trail who smile as you cross paths and the uphill challenges and the downhill victories and glorious sound of feet pounding on pavement and the feeling of pride that swells in your chest when someone says, “You ran how many miles???”
Yeah. Running is awesome.
Happy Global Running Day.
Want to join the over two millions other folks who have pledged to get out and run today? Then head over to Global Running Day, pledge however many miles you’d like to run today and print your bib. Runner’s World gives more info in this article.
Oh, and #RunChatHunt starts today as well! It’s this fun scavenger hunt that I’ve never tried (or even heard about) where you gather pictures taken on runs with various things such as basketball hoop, picnic table, yard sale, etc. Go here to get the full scoop! I will definitely be tackling this hunt.
And look, if you, too, are either restarting your running journey today like me, or lacing up for the first time, then YOU MUST WATCH the following videos! They never fail to make me want to lace up with a giant jolt of inspiration. Enjoy!
Hmm, I find it irksome how there are no female runners in the video, but just focus on the words.
Now get out there and run! Or walk! Or bike! Or whatever your dream is!
Oh, and for the record … there’s nothing wrong with full medal racks. 😉