As runners our lives can be fast paced. We run from this place to that one in a rush to get to the front of the line. It is fun to move quickly and efficiently, but we risk missing some of the little things that make our journeys special.
I remember distinctly when I was a little girl my father constantly telling me to say “thank you” and be grateful for what I had rather than dwell on what I didn’t have. While I know I said thank you often, the concept of deep gratitude is not as easy as saying a few words.
November is officially the month of positivity and camaraderie for the running community, as we dubbed November 20th to be Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (or GO HARD).
Why? Because runners are awesome.
Okay, that’s not the only reason...but runners are pretty great! In our Run The Year community we see complete strangers become best friends. We also see some people who learn to run their very first mile!
Think about the first time you went running.
GO HARD or Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day is almost here! Don't miss out on the single best day to be a runner all year long! Below are 10 ways you can participate, "Share The Sweat" and help us raise 1 million hugs!
Seven years ago, without any authority or right to do such a thing, we declared November 20th the first annual “Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day!” (GO HARD) Since then thousands of people from around the world have celebrated the day with us. This year's GO HARD celebration is just over a month away but that gives us time to train and prepare!
We’ve all heard about how important exercise is and how sitting is the new smoking. Most of us step out our doors to go for a run or a hike or go to the gym for our workouts. What about those for whom exercise is not so easy?
My sister and I both have a rare lung disease called Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD). In July of 2013 our doctor prescribed us both supplemental oxygen. My sister needed it full time. I only needed it for exertion, when I was working out.
As a lover of small businesses I’ve always found it very authentic and comforting to hear from a company on a regular basis with details about what’s going on. What are they up to? What’s the deal with that website change? How many cats do you have in the office? Whether it comes from the founder, the CEO or a marketing wizard, inquiring minds want to know. AND, the best part is, it makes a company REAL.
Imagine you are a single runner. Even if you have been happily married for years, picture the following scene. You are out for a solo training run on one of your favorite trails. Up ahead, you catch a glimpse of the most attractive runner you have ever seen. This is your moment. This is your one chance to say something witty and strike up a conversation. You can’t afford to chicken out with a simple, “On your left” as you run past never looking back. You also can’t afford to be unoriginal. “Are your legs tired? ‘Cause you have been running through my mind all day?” is cliché and will not separate you from the pack. Your mind races as you try to remember all the cheesy pick-up lines you laughed about with your friends. Should you be funny? Sincere? Direct? Original?
At Run The Edge, we get excited when one of our virtual events coordinates with a live one. We announced at the beginning of September that we were partnering with Team Red, White & Blue for their fourth annual running of the Old Glory Relay (OGR) by raising funds via our Amerithon Challenge virtual event. OGR is an event that tasks over 70 teams to move a single American flag across the United States and Amerithon tasks participants to virtually exercise their way across the country. Yes, we thought it was a perfect fit too! :)
Sights, Sounds and Musings of a Daily Walk
Pretty, pink peonies in perfect pom-pom shapes, and purple varieties a plenty. There were peach poppies too, but I particularly prefer the orange ones.