Yesss!! 4th June – yesterday – was National Running Day! A day to celebrate all that is awesome about running, a day to get off the couch and take your first steps towards running-obsession, a wear your stinky, sweaty clothes with pride. Let’s ignore the fact that I didn’t know it was NRD until I saw it on Twitter yesterday. And the fact that there is National Day for everything – even Dress Up Your Pet Day (January 14th), and Tooth Fairy Day (February 28).
What did you do on National Running Day? I spent the day looking outside at the pouring, pouring rain and regretting that helpful post I wrote about how to run in the rain. But the skies cleared, and the evening was lovely and blue.
I went on a Club Run with my Striders – which is when the whole group runs together. There must be about 50 of us in total. It was the first proper run since Edinburgh, and it felt good. I didn’t time it or track the distance, and it was lovely to go for a run that didn’t have a purpose other than running itself. Pretty fitting for National Running Day I’d say.
Marathon-come-down is same kind of blues you get when you come back from holiday. Some people in my club barely give themselves a day’s rest before they’re out there again. I adjusted to post-marathon life by introducing smoothies into my life once more and easing myself off the carbs: towards the end, I basically turned into a Baguette with a face for all the bread I was eating.
I’ve also thought about the rest of the year now that I can sign up to other things!! I have a few 10ks planned with SB, a 5.6 charity race with work in July (lots of pride is at stake with this one), and I’d like to do a couple of half marathons in September. Looking at my half PB, and the paces I had during training this year, I am wondering if I can aim for a sub 1:30 half. That would be ace.
Today, if you’re wondering, is National Gingerbread Day. Of course. So why not take some some time today and work out your personal running goals for the next half of the year over a nice gingerbread man?