June 4th is National Running Day. If you love running as much as we do then you probably celebrate the sport every day. After all, as Kevin Nelson (author of The Runner's Book of Daily Inspiration) once said, "Every day is a good day when you run."
But Wednesday is more than another day to just go for a run; it's a day you should dedicate to celebrating your favorite sport (running, DUH!) and all of the reasons why you love it.
“National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running,” says the holiday’s official website. "Longtime runners reaffirm their love of running and beginners can kick off a lifetime and life-changing commitment."
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From shouting out about it on social media to taking your favorite pair of sneakers out for a trek, there are plenty of different ways you can participate in National Running Day. Below we've listed a few of our favorite ways you can celebrate the holiday this year.
1. Sign Up for a Race
Whether it will be your first or another added to long list of past events, there’s no better day than National Running Day to commit to running your next race. Bonus points if you sign up to run for charity (runners are all about giving back!) or pick a race distance that you’ve never conquered before. (Who's ready to tackle their first marathon?)
2. Volunteer for a Race
Like we just mentioned above, runners are all about giving back, and most races would never happen if it weren’t for volunteers. Race organizers need help with everything from distributing medals to organizing checked bags and handing out water along the race course. What better way to celebrate National Running Day then by donating some of your time to help out your fellow runners and give back to the running community?
3. Set a New Goal
From breaking a PR in your next marathon or promising to run three days every week for the next three months, it doesn’t matter what your goal is, but one of the best ways you can celebrate on Wednesday is by making a commitment to accomplishing a new running goal.
4. Plan a Group Run with Friends
Remind all of your best running buddies about Wednesday’s holiday and gather as many as you can for a fun group run. When the workout is over, continue the celebration by grabbing a bite to eat (and maybe even a beer) together!
5. Run Solo
Maybe this sounds sort of like a depressing way to celebrate a holiday, but why not take the day as an opportunity to hit the road on your own and truly reconnect with your appreciation for the sport? And we mean like, really alone. No headphones, no gadgets… Even leave your phone behind if you feel safe for a short run without it.
6. Run a New Route
Opt for something other than your go-to route; use this glorious holiday as an opportunity to switch up your routine. Why not try a new type of workout, too? Try increasing your speed with a Fartlek session or a few hill repeats.
7. Run with a Non-Runner Friend
Use the holiday as an excuse to convince one of your non-runner friends to join you for an easy-paced jog through the park. Maybe they’ll hate it, or maybe they’ll fall in love with the sport and forever be in debt to the amazing friend (that'd be you) who got them hooked.
8. Take a Rest Day
Just because it’s National Running Day doesn’t mean you have to run. (Although I’d bet money that many runners would argue against that.) Running is just as much about rest and recovery, and knowing when you need to take a break and relax shows that you can respect the sport like a good runner should.
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10. Blab About it with a Badge
Create your own National Running Day badge. Not only can you use it to annoy all of your friends on social media, but doing so will also put you in the running to win one of fifty vintage national running day hats from New York Road Runners.
How do plan to celebrate National Running Day? Let us know in the comments section below!