Today is National Running Day, so I thought it would be fitting for me to check in with an update!
First, though, what is National Running Day? Well, from the official website:
National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running. Wherever we are and whomever we’re with, we run—fast or slow, alone or with others, all over town or just around the block. It 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, if you’ve been thinking about starting (or re-starting!) running, today is the perfect day for it! I’ve been running for about two and half years now, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. There are days when I absolutely do not want to go running. But at the end of every run that I do, I feel stronger, less stressed and more confident. There are few mood-lifters that are better than going for a run. Moreover, running has opened up countless new opportunities to continue to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. I cannot recommend running highly enough as a way to stay in shape, a way to get to know your community, and a way to invoke positive change in the world. It doesn’t matter if you run one mile or ten miles – just lace up those sneakers and start running!
As for my recent running, well, I’ve been a little bit of a training slacker, to be perfectly honest. I had to miss the ATC Spring Has Sprung 8K in April due to a last minute ski trip to Colorado and knowing that I would be walking the Atlanta Race for the Cure instead of running it, well, I lost my edge for a bit there. I was also super busy at the end of April and early May finishing up in my lab and graduating with my PhD. Add to that an extended visit from my parents and an extended Memorial Day trip home to New York and, well, running hasn’t been a priority. That being said, I have completed three races since my last update, including the Race for the Cure (recap coming soon, I promise), the Georgia Warrior Dash (photos coming soon), and this past Saturday, the UN Women’s Walk to Prevent Violence Against Women. This last race I entered as part of a team representing my husband’s company, Foundation Financial Group. The majority of the participants chose to walk this 5K course, which resulted in a unique experience: I was the top female finisher and finished third overall!! Admittedly, it wasn’t my best 5K time, but hey! I get to claim a win!!
Riding high from my big win last weekend, I’m really starting to look forward to my upcoming races, including the ATC Father’s Day 4-miler at Turner Field and the Peachtree Road Race which I kind of can’t believe is four weeks from today. I can’t think of a better day to kick off this home stretch of Peachtree Training than National Running Day!