It’s June 1st! That means it’s National Running Day!
From the National Running day website:
You may run alone, but on National Running Day, we celebrate together! On this day, runners everywhere share their passion for a lifestyle that is one of the best, and simplest, ways to stay fit—and so much more. You can head out solo to clear your mind, gab with your regular running buddies, or turn an unsuspecting friend into a running fiend. This day is for us! This badge is for us!
I love this!
Running has become a part of my life that I cannot imagine being without. Running really has changed my life for the better. I do it for me. Because it makes me happy. Not to impress anyone else or make anyone proud of me. I race because I like to have a goal to train for. I race because I like the competition. With me. Running has become a non-negotiable part of my life. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about why I run here.
Wednesdays are not usually a run day for me. However, I decided to celebrate national running day with my 7 year old. Well the weather wasn’t acting like it was the beginning of June here in “sunny” California. It rained all morning. I thought we were going to have to celebrate National Running day on the treadmill. (A possibility that H was also excited about! Crazy kid!) Well, after lunch we got a break in the weather!
We put on our running shoes, and headed to the Joe Rodata Trail. I made sure to let H know that I wanted this to be fun for him. That it wasn’t a race. I decided we would aim for running one mile.
As we started running I tried to explain to H about not starting out too fast, because his body would get tired and he wouldn’t be able to run for as long. (Intro to pacing? LOL) I promised him we could sprint at the end. He did great! I kept telling him how proud I was of him! We turned around when we reached ½ mile and headed back. When we got to .75 miles I let him loose! And we were sprinting! (That whole “not a race speech”? Ya, umm pointless! LOL) That crazy kid faked tired so I would slow down so he could take the lead! He was weaving all over the trail and wouldn’t let me get in front of him! LOL! We had so much fun!
Pretty good pace for his first run ever!
Since this was our first time running together, I asked him how he felt about running.
M: What was your favorite thing about running today?
H: I got to beat you to the car!
M: Did you think running a mile was hard?
H: Sort of
M: Umm, what do you mean?
H: Because I got tired, then I would speed up and get ahead of you, then I would slow down because I was tired, and I did that again and again.
M: Do you want to run with me again?
M: Anything else you want to say about running today?
Thanks buddy! (He’s usually much more talkative… LOL)
This was so special. H and I have never run together. I will never forget this day. I hope he doesn’t either.
So tell me, did you run today?