While I’ve run for several years, this was the first time I ran for National Running Day. I was really pumped about it, to the point that if I hadn’t been doing a tempo run and on the verge of falling over, I wanted to shout “happy national running day” to everyone I passed on the trail. That is the moment when I think I officially became a Runnerd.
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To me, this year, National Running Day was so much more than just getting out for a run. It was a celebration of how far I’ve come and how running has become part of my life. Although there are days I just don’t want to start, once I do I remember why I do it.
I started running to lose weight, and that’s definitely still a goal, but now I run because it makes me happy. It makes me happy because I have stopped (ok, sometimes I still do, but notes often) comparing myself to the fast, skinny girls; I’ve stopped feeling like I can’t stick to training because I no longer have someone else telling me I can’t or won’t.
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I’d also like to rename National Running Day, and call it “Thanksgiving”. I know, we already have one of those, but I have so many things to be thankful for right now, and so any of them are running related.
1) #RunChat and #HealthyWayMag chats! They are so motivating and inspiring. I learn so much from the amazing people involved, and the great sponsors.
2) I’m getting stronger and faster. I’m amazing myself regularly, making me realize I can do anything if I put effort in and really focus on it.
3) My blog and my blog readers. This has given me an outlet and support system I didn’t even know existed, but now couldn’t imagine my life without it.
4) New running friends I’ve never even met, but feel like I’ve known forever. The amazing friends who are there to provide motivation, congratulations, or lend a virtual had to pick you owner you’re down. There are so many people I am so excited to meet or run with this year. I am so blessed to have you in my life, so thank you.