Wednesday, June 6, 2012

National Running Day

Hey Preps!

Monday was HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) at the track.
I do it twice a week after a short distance tempo run, to work on my speed.
I did two 800 sprints followed by 400 easy and repeated 6 times. 
Then I ran some bleachers.  
Decided to Instagram my adventure.  Follow me if you have one!

Today is like Christmas to all those crazy people who somehow love running as much as I do.  It's National Running Day.  I'm serious.  There is a day dedicated solely to my favorite activity in the whole world.  Don't believe me check out National Running Day's Website for some cool ideas on how to celebrate.

So, I thought it would be fitting that since it has officially been a month (as of today) since my Marathon, to express to y'all (and to remind my own self) why I think running is so great.

Many of you who read my blog know my early morning habits that consist of lots of running.  Today, I woke up at 5:30AM and decided to go on a 15 miler.  I was thinking about why I loved running as my feet rolled off the pavement of the country backroad I had chosen to run.  Past farms and streams I went, and as the fog started to lift upwards and the sun started to peak over the horizon, I knew my answer.

There I was.  Just me (covered in reflective gear and blinking lights...I am sure people think I'm a freak), the music of my choice, and my pink running shoes.  Everything that had gone wrong so far this week seemed distant and unimportant.  I was alone, with not even so much as two or three cars that occasionally drove by...running down a gorgeous wooded path in the middle of nowhere.  The miles seemed to just fly by.

Why do I love running?

For me, it's easy.  It's just like putting my contacts in every day; running is a daily necessity in my life.  I don't care if I only run one mile or if I run 26, I need it.  Running is my therapy.  I am passionate about it, and I know I am a much better person when I get my morning run in.  There is just something so peaceful about that morning time to myself, and on days like today, where I finish a long run...the rest of the day ahead seems like a cake-walk.

Running is a cleansing process for me.  It is part of what defines me as a person, and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate today than by letting you know how running has changed my life.

Representing my Marathon during my Boot Camp class last night with
one of my motivating t-shirts.  

So kids, go for a run! Celebrate running day in some way today!  I want to hear about how you celebrated!