Before Facebook, I really had no idea how many “National Days” there were. I knew the big ones. Not the fringe holidays like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but the more specialized ones like “National Bosses Day”, “National Talk Like Pirate Day” (my personal favorite) or “Star Wars Day”. Pretty much every day out of the year, you can find a National, International or World (Insert Name Here) of some kind. In fact, my older Brother has made it his entire Social Media love language to share these with his Friends and Followers, usually to a chorus of sarcastic virtual eye rolls. Don’t worry, he won’t know we’re talking about him… everyday for him is “National Don’t Read Your Brother’s Blog Day”.
Today, the first Wednesday of June, is National Running Day. I’ll be honest, I had no clue that this day even existed. There seems to be a lot of these types of days built around certain sports and activities, but, as much as I’ve jumped into running as a sport, a means of exercise and a road to peace of mind, this is the first I’ve heard of it. According to the website, National Running Day is “…a coast-to-coast celebration of a sport and activity that’s simple, inexpensive, and fun. It’s the perfect way for longtime runners to reaffirm their love of running and for beginners to kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment.”
So instead of going off on one of my typical long-winded attempts at being simultaneously inspirational, informational and funn….yyyy….ational…. Let me simply say this. Running changed my life and continues to. I’m not a great athlete and I’ll never finish a race first. But, every morning that I get up and put my running shoes on and take that first step, I’ve won. I’ve beat every instinct in this 40-year-old body to just take it easy. I’ve beat every fear that I’ve had about, God forbid, being alone with my thoughts for an hour. And I’ve beat every single person that reached for their shoes and thought “meh… maybe tomorrow.”
Whether it’s around the driveway… around the block… or around your town… Go run today. Not because you have to… but because you can.