I didn’t know it was Global Running Day until hours after I’d run.
I’d run because, well, that’s what I do most days. I’ve been running about three or four days a week for more than 30 years. [For years, I was running six days a week, but I’ve incorporated more cross training with cycling, hiking, walking and yoga.]
When I started my run on that day, it was lightly raining, but within about a half mile, the sky opened up. I gave up trying to navigate around puddles on the sidewalks and trails and just splashed through them. I was reminded of the time I ran the Derby Half-Marathon in Louisville in a downpour the entire way, thankfully reaching the finish line before I had blisters.
Over the years, I’ve run in a range of weather conditions – from the deceptive heat of the Zion National Park to snow in Tennessee. Most runs haven’t been in threatening weather but on warm afternoons or breezy mornings. I’ve put in a lot of miles on sidewalks around town, on trails, and on the beach. I’ve run solo, with friends, and with crowds during road races.
I feel blessed to have found a fitness activity that I enjoy so much. Running has improved my health, has provided a great way to enjoy friends and family, and has introduced me to many places I wouldn’t have otherwise experienced. My most recent “unique experience” run was running the Salomon Run in Barcelona, including running on the Olympic track.
I began running soon after completing my undergraduate degree. I had enjoyed playing field hockey and basketball in college and was looking for a fitness activity. I played tennis, racquetball and basketball – but all required courts, other players and sometimes fees. Two of my friends – Caroline from church and Jim from work – encouraged me to try running. I started running with each of them to stay in shape to be ready for other recreation activities. But after running for several months, I realized that I really enjoyed running.
Running has been a special part of my life, and that’s why I’m glad I ran on Global Running Day.
Note: Global Running Day (also called National Running Day in the US) is the first Wednesday in June, which was June 7, 2017. According to the Global Running Day website, I was one of more than 1,249,700 participants.