Yesterday was Global Running Day. It’s a day meant to celebrate the joys of running. And what’s so cool is that anyone can participate. The inclusiveness of running is something I really love about the sport. Whether you run like a herd of turtles through peanut butter (I borrowed that from a T-shirt I saw) or you run like the speed of sound, if you run, you’re a runner, and Global Running Day is all about doing what we love to do.
And thinking about Global Running Day just gives me warm fuzzies. I mean, how cool is it to share something with people from every country of the world? It makes the world a smaller, more friendly place to think of people around the world lacing up their shoes and heading out the door, all on the same day for the same reason.
In celebration of Global Running Day, my favorite local running store, Fleet Feet, hosted The Big Run last night. It was a locally run 5K that was also run nationally. So essentially runners from around the nation competed against each other. So fun!
It was the first running of this 5K, so I was happy to be able to participate in it. And it was held on the Riverwalk, a walking/running/biking trail along the Arkansas River, one of my favorite places to run.
This was a much smaller race than other races I’ve participated in, but there was the usual pre-race socializing, complete with the Fleet Feet shoe. And the obligatory row of porta-potties.Finally it was time for the race to begin, and off we went on this historic run! I knew from the start this was going to be a tough race for me. It was something like 80 degrees F, which always slows me down, and my legs were really tight and sore from CrossFit. Right around the halfway mark, I had to walk for a bit, and from then on, it was run/walk the rest of the way. Needless to say, I finished in a disappointing 30 minutes 39 seconds, the worst 5K time I’ve had in probably 2 years. I placed a disappointing 6th out of 29 in my age division.
But as I was talking to one of the Fleet Feet coaches later about my miserable 5K time, he said, “Well, you can’t have the good races without the bad ones.” And he’s right. How will I know when I have a good race if I don’t have a bad one now and then?
So I just enjoyed the atmosphere and the post-race party, complete with band, pizza and beer (none for me, thank you!).There’s always a next time, and if there’s one thing that disappointing races do, it’s to motivate me to work hard so it won’t happen again.
Talk to me:
What did you do yesterday?
Where’s your favorite place for a run or a walk?