From the National Running Day site:
"National Running Day, held annually on the first Wednesday in June, is a day when runners everywhere declare their passion for running.Since 2009, the country's foremost running organizations have worked together to celebrate our sport with thousands of participants on the first Wednesday of June. We encourage runners to join in by planning a run, spreading the running bug to a friend, signing up for a race, or setting a new goal."
So....why do I run?
At the risk of getting somewhat personal, I should share that I upon occasion get REALLY down on myself. In college, I dealt with a small bout of depression, and though I'm good day to day now, I do sometimes still get down in the dumps and can be pretty hard on me. Some of the things I worry about and think about, are likely similar to others in my age range...but others are more personal, I suppose.
I did not complete college, which bothers no one really, other than myself. I went to the University of Alabama from 2000-2003, barely shy of finishing, and just left. This was during the time I was dealing with depression, so I took a medical withdrawal and never returned. Though I have managed to get and maintain really great jobs and taken care of myself my entire adult life, it's still something that I get down on myself about.
In those jobs, I do feel like I am lacking a career. I have been in commercial real estate for 10 years, though I don't really feel "accomplished" in my role on a daily, or even monthly basis. (Though, let's be honest, do most people??) I often worry, "Is this what I'm going to be doing for the next 30 years?"
I was married. That didn't work out. Though I know now, that was certainly not a "me" problem...still something that I see as a failure.
So anyway, enough pity party!
I RUN!! Every time I lace up my shoes and just get out there, it's an accomplishment! Every race I run - an accomplishment! PR or not - I'm out there, being me! Doing me! One of my favorite things that comes along with my running is my mama's excitement for it too! After every race, I call her. "Did you win!?!?!," she asks excitedly. "I did!!!," is always my reply. Just getting out there and TRYING is a win in our books!!
So get out there! Accomplish something today! Tomorrow! As many days as your body will let you! It's the best feeling, even when everything else seems so ho-hum!
What are you doing to celebrate National Running Day?