Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ways to celebrate National Running Day

Happy National Running Day. 

Kind of a silly holiday, actually. Most runners don't need a day to remind them to run. It's already part of a lifestyle that, try as they might, they can't shake.

But, for those who need an extra nudge to celebrate -- i.e., run -- here's some inspiration.

The national campaign has gathered news from around the country of how cities, running stores, clubs plan to mark the day. You can get ideas there. Or, you can join the local efforts.


The St. Louis Track Club and GO! St. Louis have organized a run at the Visitors Center in Forest Park. The GO! portion starts at 5 p.m., followed by the Track Club's Pace Series, scheduled for two miles, at 6. Fleet Feet  and the St. Louis Ambassadors of Rock also will be there. Wear a Fleet Feet top, and you'll get a goodie.

Can't make the group event? There are other ways to celebrate. Active.com has a list of 10 ways to celebrate. We strictly adhere to No. 10: Eat Dessert. Words to live by.

You can download an official bib, an homage to Boston.

You can get serious about running with a free runners log ap from fikesfarm.

Or, you can start running with these 10 tips.

Get ready for an explosion of tweets and Facebook posts on why your friends run. There's a separate facebook page set up for sharing. Why not join them? Spend today collecting your thoughts, then winnowing them to 140 characters. Or share photos on the page. Or write a comment to me.

Finally, I don't mean to go all old-school Nike. But just run. Put one foot in front of the other. Once. Then twice. Stop when it feels right.