Today (6/1) was National Running Day, and we almost didn’t celebrate. Blasphemous. We had to turn an assignment in, worked all day, and barely wrapped everything up by 7:30pm. It was almost late enough to brush off our workout, but knowing that it was a running-specific holiday, we had to rally. Off to the gym we went to do our favorite quickie (just 30 minutes) treadmill routine, the ladder. We watched The Food Network (why is this always on at the gym?!) the whole time, so we were inevitably starving by the end, but we had worked off about 300 calories that we could then subtract directly from dinner—that’s how it works in our minds anyway.Win, win!
Here are a few other things the people who organize National Running Day recommend you do to celebrate the sport today and every day, really. We especially like the third one.
1. Change happy hour to running hour. Shake things up by adding a run to your post-workout plans. Head out at 5pm with some co-workers, and relax over the miles instead of cocktails.
2. Choose a running resolution. Kick off a new fitness goal on National Running Day. It can be anything, including adding five minutes to your next run, running a new distance, or signing up for a road race.
3. Give the gift of happy feet. Donate to organizations that support youth running, like Shoes that Fit. They’ve assisted in getting 800,000 pairs of sneakers on little feet—just think of all the miles you’ll help them run!