A week has passed since National Running Day. I'm still unsure of the origin or reason for this designation. But lots of running groups made the most of it! A day for running sounds like a good thing to me, but then, every day is a good day for running in my book. And realistically, for just about my entire adult life every day is either a running, cross-training, or rest day. And the vast majority are running days.
That's just the way it is with us runners I suppose. Non-runners probably would have a hard time relating. It is a little bit of a strange obsession we runners have. But it works for me, and it's a little late in the game to change now!
So, despite my lack of understanding as to the particulars about national running day, I did 'celebrate' it with a run along the lakefront with a great group from Nike.
Nike is a massive sporting goods company with products in many different sports. But their roots are in running, and they have made the sport of running an important priority. That's why they have introduced a comprehensive training program this year.
They have runs every day of the week, and coaches who have designed training programs to help runners meet their goals no matter the race distance. You can find more information about the program on the nike website.
The run on National Running Day last week was five miles. There was a really good crowd of runners there, more than 100. divided up into pace groups starting at 7:30/mile all they way through the run/walk groups.
Because I'm still trying to get in shape after an extended injury layoff, I chose a little slower paced group than I would normally. And it proved to be fairly challenging anyway.
Our group left the Nike flagship store on Michigan Avenue a little after 6:30 in the evening, ran a few blocks to a clearing, and did some active stretching. This served as our warmup.
Then we took off down lakefront. I stayed back for most of the run chatting with several of the pacers assigned to our group. They are all talented runners who share their enthusiasm for the sport by helping make sure these training runs are a good experience for everyone.
And it was, especially when we were within a few blocks of finishing! And when we got back to the store, we were in for a treat. Olympian Dathan Ritzenheim was in the store to talk to the runners afterward. Dathan is an amazing runner, and has run some amazing times over the years. He's also had his share of injuries.
He shared some of those experiences with the crowd, including his experience running the Chicago marathon.
It was a wonderful evening, and I'm tempted to mention that it could have happened on any day, not just national running day. But I won't be sarcastic. Honestly, if national running day encourages more people to run and be active, it's a wonderful thing.
I'll see you on the roads..........