Today, June 1, 2016, has been declared Global Runners Day. According to their website, Global Running Day is a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. Participation is easy—just pledge to take part in some type of running activity on June 1, 2016. It can be a solo lap around the block, a long run with friends, or even a game of tag with your kids. The key is to share your passion for the sport and inspire others to get moving.
This morning, I scrolled through Facebook, Snapchat and then Instagram before I finally decided to get out of bed. Isn’t that half the battle?? Just getting up, getting dressed and out the door. There are moments when I truly love running and then there are moments when I don’t. June, in Arizona, is hot! If you don’t get up at the crack of dawn, like 5:30am, you will sweat and then with the sun bearing down on you at 7am is very warm. Well, being the procrastinator that I am, that’s when I headed out the door. I ran a quick, well not so quick, 3 plus miles. Felt good to be out there knowing that people all over the world were running and celebrating this fantastic day.
Running has meant a lot to me over the years. Most of my life I have been a yo-yo dieter and exerciser. It wasn’t until 2011 when I saw a picture of my friend and neighbor Sheri and me at a football game. I was so horrified by the way I looked that I knew it was time to make a change.
That week I started the Couch to 5K app and begin running the track when my son would have practice. I remember loving the app, but not even being able to run around the block without having to stop. I started researching about running and ways to make it easier. Some weeks I would even repeat until I finally reached the final week. I was a very slow runner, but I was running without stopping and it felt amazing.
That fall, I entered my first official race. It was a local Halloween race and it was so much fun, but scary. I remember going to the store to get water and fruit beforehand and feeling sick to my stomach. I definitely could tell that the running helped me lose weight, but once the AZ summer heat surfaced, I stopped running. A million excuses later I decided to stop running and even thought that I would pick right back up in the fall. I was wrong. For the next few years, I would stop running in the winter and stop in the summer. Each time I’d start running again, it would take weeks to get my body used to the distance and the timing. In the spring of 2015, I finally decided that it was time to continue my running year round. At first, it was hard adjusting, but I went to a few meet-ups in Phoenix with a running group called Run, Eat, Tweet who offered great advice and from that point on, I’ve been a runner full time. Check out the group photo from an event. That’s me in the front row with the pink shirt. UGH! Not the best picture of me. 😉
Since then, I’ve run a few more 5k races alone and have enjoyed every moment. I’m ready to sign up for more races and challenge myself this time with some 10k’s and my main goal, a half marathon. Here is my selfie from this morning’s run. The past 6 months I’ve been trying to increase my time as well as distance. I’ve started and stopped half marathon training programs and that’s okay. I am slowing getting my body ready at my own pace and I’m excited for my future as a runner and sharing with all of you!
Today’s Global Running Day is about getting healthy in a world where obesity reigns. I try daily to eat healthy, get plenty of exercise and to know that I’m living my best life. I run for those that aren’t able to, I run because it lifts my spirits, I run because when I’ve reached goals, I feel like I’m conquering all those demons that told me I couldn’t, and I’m doing all of that with a smile on my face. 🙂
For more information on GRD and how you can participate next year, check out their website http://globalrunningday.org/
And for information on Run, Eat, Tweet check out their website http://runeattweetaz.com/