Today is a very special day in the running world… Global Running Day! I love celebrating silly days like this because it’s a good reminder to cherish the good in our lives. And it’s perfect because it also falls on Running Coaches’ Corner, where Susie, Rachel, Debbie and I talk about all the great things about running!
Runner’s World has a goal to have the world’s largest RUNch happen today at noon! I’ll be headed to OTF, so technically I will be running at runch, so make sure you give it a shot too! Brooks Running also has a fun campaign going on for Global Running Day —> all about how you #RunReady. Download a bib, find a run in your area and post a pic of your sweaty runfie.
So, I hope you get a chance to get your run on today! I will also be doing a track day today — a bit easier than what I’m used to since this is taper after all! To celebrate Global Running Day, I’m linking up with Kristen @ Jonesi’n for a Run to answer some questions about my running life.
Why do you run?
Oh there are so many reasons! I started running to lose weight – and successfully lost 25 pounds the summer before I went into high school. Over the years, my reasons for running have changed slightly – and evolved as my passion has changed with them. Now I run as a way to challenge and push myself (sub 3:30!), as well as for the emotional and mental benefits. I feel like running keeps me sane and calm when things get crazy in life; and it’s like an old friend that’s always there whether you need to laugh, cry, scream or just be silent.
How do you plan to celebrate Global Running Day?
I’m celebrating with a track workout – one of my last ones as I count down the days until Grandma’s Marathon!
How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?
I should know how many miles I’ve ran this year, but I don’t… it’s probably around 430ish. Last month (May), I ran the highest miles I think I’ve ever done — 169.1 miles! Crazy!
What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?
I am celebrating my 10th year of running marathons where it all started at Twin Cities Marathon. I am also running Marine Corps Marathon at the end of October and debating about adding an ultramarathon in November.
Obviously not enough races. 🙂
Before I leave for a run I must have:
Stretched… to an extent.
I’m terrible at stretching in general, but I do four very simple stretches to “warm” up my muscles before I hit the door.
Snacked on some PROBAR Bolts.
I absolutely LOVE these and they have become my favorite pre-run fuel. I eat half a pack before a run under 12, and a full pack for any run above that. I especially love the ones that have an extra jolt of caffeine!
Laced up my Brooks Glycerins!
I’ve run in Glycerins for several years now and they are my go-to shoe for any run. They are a little heavier (because they have a ton of cushion!), but they are perfect for heel strikers like me. Since I found these, my legs and feet have been very happy so I won’t be switching shoes any time soon.
Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?
I track my runs using my Garmin Forerunner 220. I love this watch, especially since it’s been my buddy for a few years, but I think I’m ready to upgrade to one that has a WiFi connection since I’m usually terrible at connecting and loading my runs into Garmin Connect. I am so in love with the 735XT, which is definitely on my wish list.
Who is your favorite running partner?
Do I have to pick a favorite? I generally run alone (probably about 90% of the time) but have started running with more people. Runs go so much faster when you have someone by your side with who you can chat the miles away.
What races have you run so far this year?
I’ve run a few great races this year already including:
- 3M Half Marathon (course record!)
- Lost Pines Trail Half Marathon (I got really lost!)
- The Longhorn Run 10k (I ran it as part of a training run for my marathon training, that was interesting!)
- Ragnar Austin Relay (a fun run with my coworkers!)
- Deutschen Pfest 5k Pfun Run (paced a friend to a sub-30!)
If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?
Be patient. For two reasons. One, running is hard – it takes a lot to build up your endurance and strength, which means your early runs are going to be painful and not a lot of fun. Stick with it, because it’s so worth it in the end. The day you go through something and think, I need to go for a run – it will forever change your mindset.
And secondly, be patient as you run. It’s so easy to go hard or go home for every single run. At least 80 percent of your runs should be at an easy pace! Slow it down and be patient with the pace. Speed will come with time as you get more efficient; don’t force it and let your body dictate what it’s ready for.
Describe your relationship with running in one word: life-changing
How are you celebrating Global Running Day? Are you #RunReady?
What’s your favorite thing about running?
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