Global running day is a day for people around the word to celebrate the joys of running! And then post a photo of themselves running on social media with a caption about how much they love running, because pics/strava/garmin connect/instagram/facebook/you get my point or it didn’t happen. 😉
I’m not saying that any of that is a bad thing by the way, obviously I’m a very active social media user, I’m just saying that that’s the world we live in. 🙂
Being a runner myself, I’ve participated in the global running day or national running day festivities several years in a row now. Today, however, I’m celebrating a little bit differently. Instead of waking up super early and hitting the pavement for the 5 miler that I was supposed to do this morning, I woke up super early and then went back to bed.
I’m just not feeling good enough to run today. I guess the running challenge that I’m participating in, all the work I’ve been doing in my garden, and all of the super early mornings that summer running requires (at least my summer running requires super early mornings. Gotta get out on the road before the sun heats up the pavement!) have caught up with me. That’s not all that surprising though, I’ve changed things up a bit and have been trying to do quite a bit as of late, so a day off of running is exactly what I need!
I’m not going to lie though, since today is global running day and the fact that I am doing a running challenge, I almost went out to suffer through a few miles. Now, there are some times when you should push through the discomfort and get your run in, but for me, today was not one of those days. I’m getting a little bit better about listening to my body and today it’s telling me that I need to rest, so that’s what I’m going to do! I’m not about to risk getting injured or burning out by running on a day that I shouldn’t have, just because everyone else is doing it.
So by all means, go out and celebrate global running day because running is great and it should be celebrated! But if you’re feeling like me today and you just need a break or a day off, then take one! Don’t think that since today is basically a running holiday that you need to go out and pound the pavement just because everyone else is doing it. Rest is part of the program and there’s absolutely no shame in doing it. Even if it is global running day. 🙂