Not only is it the first day of June, but also National Running Day! That’s right, the most underrated sport there is gets its own day.
National Running Day is held annually on the first Wednesday in June. Runners everywhere, professional or amateur, unite to share their love for running.
As I type this, #nationalrunningday is even trending on Twitter. It’s great to see plenty of people embracing a day dedicated to exercise.
My foray into running began freshman year in high school when I joined the track team because of my good friend was also joining. Four years later my running career found its continuation into college.
I’m very thankful for what running gave to me in the eight years I was competitive in it – I got to travel around the U.S., be in amazing shape, and most importantly it brought me the most amazing group of friends one could ever imagine.
What has running done for you?
Don’t know how to celebrate National Running Day? Here are 10 tips provided from National Running Day’s website:
1. Declare your passion – People run for millions of reasons, and we want to know yours!
Head to http://www.runningday.org and let the nation know why you run, be it raising money
for charity, keeping your waistline in check, or getting to that bagel at the 5K finish line.
2. Bring a runway to work – Swap your loafers and heels for sneakers and you’ll be
dressed to the nines for National Running Day. Your feet will thank you for it, and it will
be that much easier to step out for a short jog during lunch or on your way home from
3. Morph your friends into running fiends – Friends don’t let friends just walk on
National Running Day! Invite a pal or two—the more the merrier—to hit the road with
you. They’ll be hooked in no time!
4. Change Happy Hour to Running Hour – Shake things up by adding a run to your postwork plans. Head out at 5:00 p.m. with some co-workers and relax over miles instead of
5. Strike new ground – Seize the day and take the road you’ve never traveled. Who knows?
You might find a new favorite running path to spice up your summer.
6. Give the gift of happy feet – Donate to organizations that support youth running, like
Shoes That Fit. They’ve assisted in getting 800,000 pairs of sneakers on little feet– just
think of all the miles you’ll help them run!
7. Make running run in the family – They have your eyes, but what about your
endurance? Leave the bikes and baseball bats in the garage and run around the
neighborhood with the kids. Keep things interesting with a short race to see who is the
8. Choose a running resolution – Kick off a new fitness goal on National Running Day. It
can be anything, including adding five minutes to your next run, running a new distance,
or signing up for a road race.
9. Take advantage of the great outdoors – Running outside beats spending all your time
on the treadmill. Step out the front door and away from the gym to take in a bit of nature
during your afternoon run.
10. Treat yourself like a champion – Set yourself up for success by indulging in your
favorite post-run snack, sporting your lucky t-shirt, or helping your feet to a new pair of
Whatever the reason is to keep you going out on the roads, trails or even treadmills, keep it going!