Happy National Running Day! Hopefully you’re getting a mile or two in, at least if that’s your thing. If you’ve ever considered running, today is a good excuse to give it a shot and there’s lots of encouraging posts all over social media today about getting started.
- The fisherman in the river next to the course near mile 8 who was too busy scaring the fish with his cheering to catch anything (shown in picture)
- The adorable girls at mile 12 who told me I was “owning” the race-( I was walking at that point, but promised them I’d try to own the rest because they said that. And I did, if we use “slightly lurching, obviously painful, slow run but not walking” as the definition of “own.”).
- Everyone around the last stretch who promised I’d be able to see the finish line right around the corner. I didn’t believe it until I heard it 4 times. (And seeing that finish line was such indescribable joy. So much to write about, has to wait for its own post…)
“Hello fellow human, I see you are running. I run sometimes, too. I don’t know whether this is your 16th of 20 training miles scheduled for today in an attempt at a Boston-qualifying marathon or your first running interval of a beginner’s 5k training program. The reason for your run is also unknown. Perhaps you are running to lose weight, to get some fresh air, to clear your head of bad news, to burn a few calories in exchange for a few drinks you plan to have later, to challenge yourself with a new personal best, or just to avoid your children or avoid your housework for a moment. Or maybe this is just a warm-up for some other exercise you prefer to do. In any case, I’m proud of you for wherever you are in whatever journey you are on. I recognize you are doing something that can be fun, but that is also hard. You have already taken the most admirable of your steps- the one out your front door. You look fantastic and you are doing great. Also, you can relax and know I will not judge your snot rockets, wedgie-picks, overall sweatiness, occasional grunting, lack of toenails, or any other running-related disgustingness. Rest assured, any unpleasantness in the look on my face is a result of pure jealousy. Carry on, running human, and enjoy your run.”