Happy Global Running Day! Although many of us don’t need a special day as an excuse to run, it’s still fun and exciting to see the sport of running in the spotlight and get its own day like the doughnuts have.
The idea behind Global Running Day is for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. It’s so easy to participate — just pledge (on the Global Running Day website) to take part in some type of running activity today, whether it’s running on your favorite trail, playing tag with your kids, or doing a group run (check out the website for organized runs near you!) The key is to share your passion for the sport, inspire others to get moving, and think about all the reasons why you’re grateful for running.
And if you need some ideas and inspiration on Global Running Day, here are some more ways to celebrate:
1. Register for a race! There are some unbelievable discounts on races – big and small – today. Check out Active.com’s huge list of discounted races all across the U.S. MCM Mama Runs has some more Global Running Day discounts, including Ragnar races.
2. Start a summer running bucket list of running goals and places you want to run this summer.
3. June 7 also happens to be National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so run to your local ice cream shop and get a scoop or two of chocolate ice cream or a chocolate milkshake.
4. Do some random acts of kindness for other runners, such as checking in on a running friend who’s training for a big race and see how her training is going or donating your gently-used running clothes and gear to a good cause.
5. Make a new playlist or choose a new audiobook for your next run.
6. Buy a new piece of running gear. Now’s a great time to buy some new summer running socks or a fun running tank-top. Check out Jonesin’ for a run’s massive list of Global Running Day discounts on fun running items.
7. Show your support for a friend or family member who is fund-racing (fundraising for a race they’re running) by making a donation.
8. Read some motivating running quotes to remind yourself about how running inspires you.
9. Watch a movie about running, such as McFarland, USA or Spirit of the Marathon.
10. Try to convince a friend or family member who’s doesn’t run to go for a run or run/walk with you. Get tips on how you can help a new runner.