Today is National Running Day. First and foremost, happy running to my family and friends, blog readers (both near and far). Happy running day to readers I’ve run with and readers I wish I could run with!
This is such a fun day because so many people talk about how they began running. Personally, I enjoy hearing about how others found running in their own personal lives.
I’ve written countless blog posts about my start to running and how I’ve progressed. Right now there isn’t much more to say. I enjoy running and I continue to run!
In cliff notes: I swam until senior year of college. Then I quit swimming and began running. I went from a 12:12 mile to a 3:15 marathon. All of that took time, effort and growing as a person both mentally and physically. It also took a lot of negatives to go along with the positives. Each injury taught me something and each success taught me something.
However, this post is about things I’ve gained far better than PRs. It is about the relationships I’ve built and friends I’ve made.
My husband and I met through collegiate racing. He ran for a nearby school. Our first few dates were actually miserable runs. It was cold, extremely windy and cows smell bad in upstate NY. So when you think about romantic, that was it!
Running with my husband
Three years later, running is still something we love to do together. Since our first run together, we have ran many races and in several states. We run during the good, the bad and pretty much all of the times. We don’t run every run together of course, but it is nice to share a hobby together (since I don’t fix cars and he does not blog…
Running has brought me to some of my closest friends.
Laura A and Heather (two of my bridesmaids)
Kris and Kellie
Danielle and Amelia
While running didn’t bring Theresa and I together, we run together…
Let’s not forget I also work at an amazing store with amazing coworkers.
Of course my blog is also running based. My best and favorite posts are running related.
A few of my favorite/most memorable races:
The Nike Women’s Half (oldie but goodie)
Lake effect Half marathon: This was one of the most meaningful races to me. In 2014, I raised money and awareness for Ophelias place. I ended up raising 2500 dollars. I went on to win the race as well.
Running is such an important factor of my life. I never let it consume me but I know I share a love, passion and community with so many others.
Today I will be celebrating with some sort of run. Work and sharing this day with friends and family.
Question for you: How are you spending National Runner Day?