Happy National Running Day! Today’s annual celebration honors one of the things I love most—running!
In the spirit of Running Day, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series is offering race registration discounts that are worth jumping on. If you’ve considered signing up for one of their events, today is a great day to take advantage of the savings and do so.
If you aren’t yet familiar, this mega-series hosts races of various distances at locations around the world. The particular series is one I am especially fond of, having completed the half marathon in New Orleans twice, and most recently in April, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon in Nashville. In fact, it was on this very day last year, I signed up to complete this race in “Music City” as my first ever full marathon. Not only is Nashville an event I plan on striving to make an annual occurrence, I am eagerly looking forward to returning to “The Big Easy” in 2015 to participate in the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Marathon & ½ Marathon, and am excited to be partnering as a Rock ‘n’ Blog ambassador leading up to this event.
Beyond taking advantage of today’s special offers and signing up for an event, at the heart of National Running Day is the love of running. It’s a time for lifelong runners to reaffirm the many reasons they find themselves lacing up day after day, month after month, year after year. It’s a time for those who have recently found a place in their life for the sport to reflect on who or what got them started, and it’s a prime time for beginners to give it a test run.
Personally, I’m not sure where I would be without my long distance relationship with running. Running has taught me endless lessons about life. It’s seen me through the best of times, and the most difficult of times. It never ceases to show me what I’m made of, and forever pushes me past my limits. It breaks me down, and builds me up. Quite frankly, when I don’t run, I don’t feel like myself. Something deep inside feels unsettled and antsy. I also recognize that my writing and running abilities go hand in hand. This means when I run harder, I write better. And when I run better, I write clearer, or so it seems. The point is, my creative outlets and running are so closely intertwined that one takes a noticeable fall when the other is lagging, just as one has the power to breathe life into the other when it needs it most.
Ultimately, regardless of your level of interest in and dedication to the sport of running, may today be a day where we can all come together and take advantage of the opportunity we have to get out there and run (or simply be active in any way that we choose). May we do this for our bodies, minds and spirits. May we get out there and move today, not only for ourselves, but in honor of those who have inspired us, and in honor of all of those who are not able to do so. May we always remember each and every step we take is both a privilege and a blessing.