Friday 5 {National Running Day!}

Hey there!

Happy Friday folks, we made it through another week! I’m back and participating in the Friday 5 Link-Up again this week! It’s a great link-up hosted by Courtney of Eat Pray Run DC, Mar of Mar on the Run, and Cynthia of You Signed Up For What? This week, we’re talking about National Running Day. I celebrated this year with another after work run with my coworkers!

Friday 5 Link-UpI know, you’re probably thinking, “But you already posted about that on Wednesday!” (If you missed that post, catch up here.). But luckily, I can think of a lot of different things to talk about when it comes to running. 😉 Hence, why I have a running blog. So, as part of my celebration for National Running Day this week, I’m going to talk about five things I love about running.

1. I can do it with my dog. LOOK HOW CUTE BRADY IS! How could you NOT have a blast runnin’ around the neighborhood with this guy?

Running with your dog | 2 Generations RunningThe summer months are a little difficult to run with him in, what with the permanent fur coat he wears, but there’s always the fall.

2. It gives me a valid excuse to buy very expensive pairs of shoes. You can’t feel guilty about dropping $100 on a pair of sneakers when you’re going to be using them all the time and you need them to avoid injury.

National Running Day

 

But do you know how to pick out a pair of running sneakers, Kanye?

3. It allows my competitive side to run wild and free (I ♥ puns, sorrynotsorry). There aren’t too many opportunities to compete against other people in something once you move past school sports. Now, I know not all runners want to run for competition, but I LOVE it! Some days, I might be focused on beating the people in my age group, and others I might just be looking to just beat my own previous time, but either way, running gives me that outlet.

Cox Providence Half Marathon 2015

4. The people. The running community is just awesome. I know I say it a lot (like in this post), but runners are SO nice and friendly. Seriously, if you want to make some friends just join a running club. No serial killer was ever a runner. That I know of at least.

5. It makes me happy. As Legally Blonde taught us, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. And happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.”

National Running Day | Legally Blonde GIFIt’s science.

Happy Weekend! Did you celebrate National Running Day?

 


It’s My Favorite Holiday!

Happy National Running Day folks!

Ok, I have to admit, I kind of exaggerated. National Running Day is not my favorite holiday… But it’s up there! 😉

Last year was the first time I ever heard of such a thing as National Running Day, and I celebrated it by writing this post (throwback to my old blog!). In case you don’t know, National Running Day is celebrated on the first Wednesday in June every year (why Wednesday, I don’t know…) It’s basically just a day for runners to share their passion for running and to celebrate by getting some miles in. It’s also a day to think about the question, “Why do I run?”

Why Do I Run?Obviously, there are the easy answers to that question (exercise, health, reduced dessert guilt…), but I know for me, running has become something more than that.

I’ve always been very goal-driven, and I love that running ALWAYS provides me with a challenge. No matter who you are, elite or middle-of-the-packer, you can always work towards something with running. It can be faster times, longer distances, a new race, whatever! Having a goal to work towards (even if it’s a small one, like getting more comfortable running trails) gives running a whole new purpose. Frankly, I also think it just makes it more fun. Who doesn’t like seeing real, measurable improvement? Especially in something like running, that can be pretty darn tough at times.

National Running Day | 2 Generations Running

I love that my mom and I have the goal of running a half in every state. While this dream sometimes seems somewhat overwhelming (or crazy as I’m sure some people would label it), it’s made for some seriously awesome experiences. My mom and I both love traveling and there are so many parts of this country that I’ve never seen. We loved exploring Virginia Beach when we ran the Shamrock Half last year, and the Mad Half Marathon in Vermont really was beautiful.

National Running Day | 2 Generations Running It may seem weird, but running is giving us a whole new way to explore the US. Is it going to take us a long time? Hell yeah. But we’re not in any rush. My mom and I plan to keep on running for many years to come.

However, if Runners World wanted to start wanted to start comping our race entries in exchange for writing a column for you, that would be cool.

Why do you run/What’s your favorite thing about running? How are you celebrating National Running Day?


I Run… National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! 

Haha did you know it was National Running Day? That’s ok, I didn’t either until recently! Today’s post is going to be a little different – I’m participating in a link up through one of the blogs I follow (and love), OliveToRun. The challenge? Fill in the blank – “I run…”

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When I first read the topic, it seemed straightforward enough, but then I started thinking, “why do I run?” And I realized the answer was not as simple as I thought.

Looking back, my running journey really began with soccer. I started playing the sport in third grade and fell in love.

Don't I look excited?!

 

Ready to get to work.

There was nothing better than a Saturday morning game in the crisp fall air, kicking the ball around, the sheer excitement of scoring a goal! I played on town and travel leagues for years, and loved every minute of it.

Here I am at a tournament, posing with my team.

 

Trophy and shark towel in hand.

When I got to middle school, I finally had the opportunity to try out for the school team. I was thrilled! Except for one tiny detail – you had to run one timed mile as part of the try-outs.

Now as a 7th grader, this really seemed like a lot (haha, weird to think that I now enjoy running 13.1 miles! ). But my mom took me to the school track during the summer, and I did my best to train. I ran loops, I ran sprints, and I ran some more. But at the time, I didn’t really enjoy it. I only saw running as a means to an end – a way for me to make the school soccer team.

Fast-forward to the fall of that year. Try-outs arrived and I ran that mile successfully! I even ended up making the team. I was ecstatic. But I still didn’t love running. I ran for soccer.

After years playing soccer through middle school and high school, I decided to change things up a bit and joined my high school’s track and field team. I did a lot of the sprint events , but nothing longer than the 400 meters. Running multiple miles still seemed like it was not for me. I also did jumps – both long and triple jump, and those, I really enjoyed!

My form's not great, but it still looks pretty cool, amirite?!

After graduating and going to college, running seemed to lose its purpose. There were no track meets, no soccer games, what was I running for? Nothing. So I barely ran at all. Not the healthiest decision I’ve ever made.  When I came home for Thanksgiving that first year, my mom mentioned she had been toying with the idea of doing a half marathon. While I was aghast at the idea of running 13.1 miles, I knew it was exactly what I needed. Here was a palpable reason to start running again. If I didn’t want to die on race day, I was going to have to train and let me tell you, the fear of death is a powerful motivator.

You can probably guess how the story goes from here – my mom and I LOVEDthat first race, and since that first half marathon, we have run a whole lot of races! This leads me back to the original question, “why do I run?”. I run to race. I run for the challenge and the sense of purpose racing provides me. I run with the hope that every run will make me that much stronger. Oh and yeah, I also run because I can safely say that I now enjoy it (most of the time!).

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Have a great National Running Day! If you run, go for a jog today. If you don’t, go do something active outdoors and enjoy yourself. 🙂

P.S. Hope you enjoyed the throwback pics!