Global Running Day 2019

I got the idea to write this post from Jonesin’ for a run blog post on this subject and thought it would be fun to do my own version. According to the website Global Running Day “Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go—what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you.” On June 5, 2019, you could have joined 29,527 people from 177 countries in a pledge to run that day.

Even though it was my scheduled rest day, I ran one easy mile with my daughter on Global Running Day. It was a fun way to work on strides with her towards the end of that mile. She thought strides just meant sprinting but by about her fourth time doing strides, I think she understood how to do them properly and things clicked with her.

Following in the example of Jonesin’ for a run’s post to help celebrate Global Running Day, I’ll answer some questions about me here.

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Why do you run?

I’ve written entire blog posts to answer this, going back to one of the very first blog posts I ever wrote, which you can read here:  Why I run and a more updated version here:  Why I Run- Version 2.0.

How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year?

According to Strava (which is missing some of my runs because it wouldn’t sync with Garmin Connect for some reason) I’ve run 509.6 miles for the year but according to Garmin Connect, I’ve run 519.9 miles. In 2018 I ran 1,054 miles. For 2019, I’d like to run 1111 miles just because that would be cool, but we’ll see how it goes. I’m not going to kill myself to reach that arbitrary number.

What big events do you have on the race calendar for the rest of the year?

I have half marathons in Wyoming and Nebraska, for states number 46 and 47. That’s it. Nothing else.

Before I leave for a run I must have:

My Garmin Forerunner watch, a hat or visor, sometimes my cell phone but usually only 1 or 2 runs a week are with my phone.

Do you track your runs? If so what do you use?

I use my aforementioned Garmin watch and sync to Strava. I like the way Strava presents the data better than Garmin Connect, so usually I’ll go there if I want to see something specific but I do like using both of them together.

What races have you run so far this year?

Just one, Seashore Classic Half Marathon, Lewes, Delaware- 45th state. I met my goal of finishing in the top three for my age group in a race this year, so it was a good one!

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?

Running should not hurt. Soreness after a run is normal but pain is not. If you’re feeling pain after you run, go to a physical therapist to help you figure out what’s going on.

Describe your relationship with running in one word:

healthy

One of the reasons I run is for my health. I also don’t obsess over running or how a run or race goes, but I feel like I have a healthy, balanced relationship with running. Sure, it’s a big part of my life, but it’s not my entire life.

So now I have some questions for you. Did you celebrate Global Running Day and if so, how? If you could give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?

Happy running!

Donna