National Running Day!!! (nerd alert)

by Elizabeth on June 4, 2013

Happy National Running Day!!! I am celebrating this morning by taking my favorite running partner out for a few miles (really different than every other day, I know). Yesterday when I walked into the living room he was laced up and ready to go. How do you say no to this?? He walked around saying, “mama shoe mama shoe,” and in fact, his new thing is to put mama before every other word meaning everything is mine… Mama house, mama car, mama food. Smart boy ;-) Dada take notes!

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Back to adult language, in case any Houston area runners are interested, today at Memorial Park from 5:30-8:00 pm there is an event to celebrate the great sport of running with refreshments, music, t-shirts, and of course a 3 or 6 mile run!!!

You can donate your old running shoes to SEARCH Homeless services and receive a free gift! And yes, dirty running shoe is the scent I like guests to smell upon entering my house.

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There will also be a drawing to win an entry to win one of five spots in the 2014 Houston Marathon.

I thought I would end by listing a few of the ways running has truly enriched my life over the past 10+ years…

1. Most of the core people in my life (husband, best friends, etc.) have been met through running in some way. If I’m honest I bet it’s close to 90%…

2. It’s my me time. Whether I go with friends or alone, when I’m running it means I’m not cleaning, cooking, or care taking. And while I do love doing all of those things (maybe not cleaning…) I also really value getting a break.

3. It’s allowed me to travel. I recently ran a half marathon in Utah and met a pretty cool blogging friend. At A&M we traveled weekly all over the country which allowed me to see things I might not have seen otherwise!

4. I’ve accomplished goals and experienced defeat. I’ve had great races and workouts and experienced the high of endorphins accompanies both. I’ve also had some really low moments in running and each experience was a gift in which I could learn something!

5. It helps me keep things in perspective. I may not always be able to run. Every run I get is one to be thankful for!

TELL ME HOW RUNNING ENRICHES YOUR LIFE!!!!

Don’t forget to check out the giveaway I have going if your running is in need of a little something extra!

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1 Jenn June 5, 2013 at 7:03 am

Running allows ME to BE ME!!!
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2 Lindsey @ OneMotherofaDay June 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

Running gives me ME TIME! It is the 3 times a week where I am away from home, my son, hubby, everybody and I just go and run. I feel like I am in my own little world while I am running. It is hard to explain to non-runners to feeling you get while running. Running challenges me, pushes me, makes me stronger, gives me freedom, I could go on and on….
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3 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom June 5, 2013 at 7:36 am

Running helps keep me healthy, makes me happy, and sets me free. I’ve been battling a chest infection this week, but have somehow been able to run and running makes me feel 100x better. Running also makes me feel invincible and there is nothing I cannot do when I am running (figuratively speaking, of course!)
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4 Mamarunsbarefoot June 5, 2013 at 9:51 am

It’s ME TIME. Im at home with all five of mine for homeschooling so I NEED to run.
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5 Brooke June 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

Haha refer to my text I sent you right before I read this… I clearly read your mind and knew you were going to ask this question! I request a running date with you this weekend pretty please! :-)

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6 Anissa Angelosante June 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love the picture of Noah. It is so super cute. I think he will be a runner too!!

Running has created opportunities and friendships which I would not have had if it were not for running.

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7 Danica @ It's Progression June 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

Running is always a challenge for me and I learn something from every. single. run. THAT’S what I love about it!
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8 Ja @Ja on the RUN June 5, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I love your list!!! #2 is the best!!! :)
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9 Debbie @ Deb Runs... June 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Happy National Running Day to you, too, Elizabeth!

I have met so many great friends through running! I probably wouldn’t have time to hang out with some of them if it wasn’t for going on runs together! My running group and I are meeting later today for a special mid-week run just to celebrate our “special little holiday!”
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10 Koryn @ High Heels & Healthy Alternatives June 5, 2013 at 3:03 pm

First, that pic of Noah – too, too Adorable! :-) And yay for your “nerd alert”! I feel like a kindred spirit… I just put a “nerdy tendency alert” in my post today – ha!

Running has enriched in more ways than I ever expected – it’s bonding time for me & hubby (we run on Saturdays together occasionally), it keeps me healthy, it challenges me/makes me stronger and I look forward to it allowing me to travel as well (I have my eye on a half marathon in San Diego ;-) ).
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11 Liz @ The Girl on Fire Now June 5, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Noah is so cute! If you are ever in PA and need a babysitter, come talk to me! ;)
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12 Leah @ Running with the Hayneses June 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Running makes me feel alive!!!
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13 Hali June 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Adorable picture of Noah! Running has helped me gain confidence and helps me remember to respect and love my body, instead of criticizing it! I remember running a 1/2 marathon one time with a mantra of “I have strong & beautiful legs” in my head the whole time…. that is when I realized how powerful running can be for me! I love the list you wrote of ways running has enriched your life.
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14 [email protected] June 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Running is my favorite “me” time. I run to challenge myself and work harder!!
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15 Jojo June 6, 2013 at 3:54 am

I am addicted to running for the endorphins!

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16 Jesica @rUnladylike June 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

I loved reading about the things you are thankful for when it comes to running. I also LOVE the picture of your son. So stinking cute! Happy belated National Running Day!
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