Tomorrow (June 5th) is the fifth annual National Running Day, but is the first one I have known about or participated in running. The purpose is to get people inspired to get out in run in as many different ways as there are runners. So whether it is a street run, pounding around a track, doing trails or relays or group runs or whatever, it is a great opportunity for distance runners to reaffirm our commitment and for new or occasional runners to get themselves started with a new training plan or goal.
According to Running USA’s media director Ryan Lammpa, “National Running Day is a wonderful way to bring people together to promote running and its many benefits. Running USA and its members encourage everybody to invite a friend or group to run on June 5 to celebrate the essence of running.”
This year is different for the event – rather than just being about running the site is showing support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. So there are special ribbons and bibs, donation links, and other merchandise emblazoned with support for Boston that you can wear to celebrate running while showing your support. And of course there is a link to directly donate to the Boston One Fund.
Will you be running on Wednesday? What are your plans? Add a comment and let us know what you are planning, then follow up with what you actually accomplished. As tomorrow is a work and school day, I plan to get up a bit earlier and push a bit to get in a minimum of 8 miles before I have to get the kids up. How about you?