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 Â 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 Â 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.Â
Today, if you’re wondering, is National Gingerbread Day. Of course. Â 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?