One of our favorite things about running is that anyone can do it. All you need is a little motivation, a pair of shoes (optional!), and some earth beneath your feet. This kind of simplicity is what gives running its global appeal. Moreover, affirming this passion for running is the idea behind National Running Day 2018.
Here is all you need to know about National Running Day, a massive celebration of the most ancient and efficient way to get the body moving and the blood flowing.
What is National Running Day?
National Running Day is the predecessor to Global Running Day, a worldwide event dedicated to running. Every June, thousands of people in over 100 countries celebrate the fantastic health and wellness benefits of running. It includes personal and group pledges, community events, and even corporate-sponsored outings.
As old as pounding the pavement might be, National Running Day was born just a few years ago in 2016. Since then, the event has expanded in popularity and reach, bringing in thousands of participants, and dozens of corporate supporters. The name changed, too; but here in the states, we still like to call it National Running Day.
The best part of this event is that there are no prerequisites for participation. People of all ability levels, background, and age are encouraged to do one simple thing: get out and get moving to the best of their ability!
When is National Running Day 2018?
As a rule of thumb, National Running Day falls on the first Wednesday of June. This year, the celebrations will take place on June 6.
How you can get involved in National Running Day 2018
Of course, the easiest way to get involved with National Running Day is to wake up June 6, strap on your best pair of shoes, and go for a run. It could be a light jog, or maybe a couple of wind sprints. Heck, you could even head out for a power walk—we won’t tell!
Here some ways you can get involved:
- Go for a run – Straightforward enough, right? Don’t be afraid to get creative and don’t make excuses. Have work? Take a fifteen-minute jog before work, or at lunchtime. Beginner? Take it slow and do just what you can. We all start somewhere, and that’s what National Running Day 2018 is all about.
- Organize a run with family, friends, or colleagues – This might be the best way to spread the word and build awareness around running. Send out a calendar event to work colleagues for the lunch hour, encouraging them to join your leisurely easy 25-minute jog. Grab a group of friends for the same. Alternatively, rustle your family out of bed and take them for a jog around the block. It all counts—the most important thing is that you get out and get moving.
- Hold yourself accountable – The best way to make intentions a reality is to put them in writing. Visit the National Running Day Pledge page to pledge, including any groups you run for, the distance you plan to run, and underlying motivations for your participation.
How to prepare for a running program
Regardless of your skill level, it’s essential to make your body for running. Running on the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ is a safe and controlled way to get back into shape. By using unweighting technology, the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps eliminate fall risk and over-exertion as obstacles to getting started on a running program. For established athletes looking to take things to the next level, AlterG creates an environment that allows you to push the limits and train harder while limiting injury risk you might otherwise face.
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