Every year, the first Wednesday in June is a chance for all of us runners to celebrate what we love: running. Even though we talk about it almost every other day of the year, I like to take this time to take a step back and think about the bigger picture. It can be so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day ins-and-outs of all things running.
Global Running Day: A Look Back
This is actually my 4th year posting for Global Running Day (or what used to be called National Running Day). In 2014 I wrote about Why I Run. I took a trip down memory lane and talked about how I became a runner:
…But running has been there for me on the best days and the worst days. And when I need some time away it is always waiting for me when I am ready to come back. Lately running has become something even more to me, as I have become a part of this amazing online running community and prepare to train to be a running coach. I have learned it should never be taken for granted and it is something I need to be a part of my life for many, many more years.
In 2015 I hosted a National Running Day link-up and answered some open ended questions about what running means to me:
Right now, I run because… it challenges me, it makes me feel complete, and it’s my opportunity to clear my mind. It seriously helps me to focus and get through the rest of my day more efficiently.
In 2016 I made a list of all the things running has taught me. Little did I know I was writing this post just a week before my foot injury would begin. It’s good to know that I felt that much appreciation towards running even when things were going well. I never would have thought that I’d be faced with an injury that would not want to go away.
Running has taught me……that as much as you can try, you can’t be in control of everything. And that’s ok.
Global Running Day 2017
This year, I don’t have anything deep or meaningful for funny to share. Instead, I have found it helpful to look back on my past posts and remember what it felt like when running was going well. Lately it’s been all about letting myself run enough that I don’t go crazy but not so much that I make things worse. I know most of you reading this can relate to running being about way more than just the physical benefits.
My Hopes for the Next Year
I hope that a year from now I can look back on this post and my injury will feel like a distant memory. I hope that I will be back to having a trusting relationship with my running and I won’t feel a sense of anxiety every time I step out the door. I hope that running will be my stress relief and not a contributor to stress. I have no expectations in terms of paces or racing or miles; all I want is stress-free, pain-free, happy running. Is that so much to ask?
How are you celebrating Global Running Day this year?
What are your hopes for the next year of running?
Do you get more mental or physical benefits from running?