Did you know that Sunday, November 6, 2011 is World Run Day?
“World Run Day was founded to celebrate the sport of running worldwide. Our mission is to broaden and promote the health benefits of running while also encouraging runners to donate to their own favorite charity on this special day.”
Here are 5 ways you can celebrate:
1) Go for a run. Yup, it’s as simple as that. Hit the road solo, organize a group run, or join a group run already scheduled with a local running club.
2) Start a traning program. Do you have a goal? Why not set one? Whether you want to train for a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon or a full marathon, you can find training programs, tips and support at sites like CoolRunning.com, Active.com and HalHigdon.com.
3) Convert a non-runner. We all have those friends who say they just can’t imagine what motivates people to run for the heck of it. You probably have a laundry list of reasons why you run, so write them down and share it with a non-runner or two. Who knows? It might just get their wheels turning (or their legs moving, as the case may be).
4) Watch your favorite running film. There are a lot of inspirational running movies out there. My favorites: Chariots of Fire (of course), Run Fatboy Run (hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming) and Prefontaine (true but tragic story of the running legend). If you don’t have time to watch a full-length movie, this clip of Bill Rodgers winning the 1979 Boston Marathon is always a favorite of mine.
5) Donate to a cause. You’re bound to know someone who is running a race for charity, so help them in their fundraising efforts. If you don’t personally know someone who is running to raise money for a cause, a few well-known, well-run fundraising charities associated with running are The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, American Cancer Society’s DetermiNation and Children’s Hospital Boston.