The world is celebrating it’s love for running today. It’s Global Running Day, a day to get moving and simply enjoy a good run.
Recognized this year on June 3, 2020 there are lots of reasons to celebrate the run—especially this year. Running allows us to stay fit and strong. It helps up with our physical and mental health, teaching us that we are capable of anything we put out minds to. By running we are reminded of our good health and it serves as an escape from the indoors and stress link to the current pandemic.
What Is It?
The “holiday for runners” typically takes place on the first Wednesday of every June. It usually features races, organized group runs and events by running clubs and organizations.
You might have heard of National Running Day and might be wondering the difference. Global Running Day is actually National Running Day, the name just changed. Nation Running Day has been celebrated since 2009, with the first Global Running Day taking place in 2016.
The goal of Global Running Day is to encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to go for a run and get excited to exercise.
So how are the best ways to celebrate? By going for a run, of course. Run short and sprint for your fastest mile. Run long and enjoy the. distance. Go for a solo run for reflection or have it be a time to jam out to your favorite playlist. Race your kids down the block for family run, or put the babies in the stroller for a group run.
How To Participate?
This year Global Running Day is all virtual. You can take part by going to GlobalRunningDay.org. and pledging your mileage, or do so below!
Take part in the social media challenge of running one mile for someone who inspires you. You can also choose to instead do an at-home exercise instead of a run.
You can also join the virtual race put on by NYRR. Use the running app Strava to log miles and run virtually with others for now. Until June 7.
Download adult and youth Global Running Day certificates here!
Those going for a run during COVID-19 can follow the following tips:
- Masks are not necessary, but place under chin and put up when passing others.
- Run side-by-side not in single file to not breathe in germs.
- Practice social distancing when at a public park.
- Avoid crowds by running near home instead.
- Wash hands once you get home.
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Running From COVID-19
COVID-19 drastically changed every aspect of our lives. For runners, this meant the cancellation or postponement of races from local 5ks to bigger events like the Boston Marathon. For school athletes, it meant the premature end to their spring track & field season before it had the chance to even really begin. But running in itself is not canceled. Exercise is one of the things encouraged to do for physical and mental health during this pandemic.
Running From COVID-19 discusses how this community has been affected and steps to take to keep moving forward with training during this time. It features advice from running coaches, nutritionists, and medical professionals including a doctor treating coronavirus patients in New York. It also features comments from elite and everyday runners including 2020 U.S. Olympic marathon teammate Aliphine Tuliamuk and Marathon Trials runner Alexis Zeis.
From focusing on recovery to rediscovering the love for a run without time pressures, this book provides tips on how runners can stay healthy during the pandemic.