Happy Global Running Day, friends! Today is a day to celebrate all the joys of running…. the community, the challenges, the love for being outdoors!
I pledged to run 5 miles in celebration and you can pledge your own miles over here, if you’re so inclined. Brooks running is also joining in the fun again and they have info on the website where you can print out a bib, find a run and post pictures! There is really no excuse NOT to participate!
Use the hashtags #globalrunningday and #RunItForward if you share pictures on social media!
I participated for the first time in 2016 when I was a fairly new runner (and actually dared to call myself that!) and I thought it would be fun to take a look into my miles again. There was a link-up with some fun questions about running then and will revisit them today!
When/why did you start running?
As mentioned many times before (but maybe you’re new here! Welcome!), running has always been part of my exercise regime, but I seriously took it up as its own sport about 3-4 years ago, when a friend ‘made me’ sign up with her for a 10k. It was truly a life-changing experience for me, because I decided after the race: I want to keep doing this!
Why do you run?
I run for my health, for my sanity, and because it truly clears my head. I used to go for runs when I was angry, or upset, or when I felt like I had something to work out mentally, but now running also serves as a preventive measure and to keep myself balanced and level-headed. It’s a win-win.
How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?
Today is actually my rest day, but I ran 5 miles yesterday (and am planning to run 5 more tomorrow), so I will be spreading the joy of running today in any other way I can.
How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?
I have run 284 miles so far this year. My goal is to run more than the previous year, so I have to step up my game a little bit.
What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
I don’t run a whole lot of races per year, but my goal is to run three half marathons in 2018. The next one coming up is the San Francisco Half Marathon in July.
Before I leave for a run I must have:
had some water and used the bathroom.
Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?
I must admit that I am a little bit obsessed with tracking my runs. I always run with my Garmin (Forerunner 235 — love it!) and sometimes also run an app on my phone to compare. Can you tell I am a scientist who works with numbers and likes to measure things? Haha. Don’t worry though, it’s truly for entertaining purposes. I don’t ‘obsess’ (too much) over the actual numbers. I just find it fascinating.
Who is your favorite running partner?
I honestly love running alone and I don’t have anyone close by to regularly run with, but I have enjoyed runs with my cousin when I visited back home and when he came to visit me here.
What races have you run so far this year?
I’ve only done a half marathon earlier this spring, which was really fun.
If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?
Run because you can! Be thankful if you can get out there and put one foot in front of the other! Enjoy that you can move your body!
Describe your relationship with running in one word:
What’s the next race you’re signed up for?
What is one piece of advice you would give about running?
How will you celebrate Global Running Day today?