National (I'm Not) Running Day!

Yeah, I know…I know. But I just HAD to say it. It isn’t fun not being able to run on National Running Day. There is certainly nothing I’d rather be doing.

But that is OK. Because it has been a very thoughtful morning. I say this because I have been awake since 3:30am. So that has given me plenty of time to think. After a hour on lying in bed…awake, I decided not to fight the battle anymore, so I got up and got moving. I debated getting started so early, but I was fully awake, plus I had 2 whole hours before I had to get the family up.

So, I huffed it off to my Zero Runner. And watched River Monsters. So in the end, it wasn’t all that bad. I managed to score a little over 5 miles before I even emptied the dishwasher. Plus, I squeezed out a lot of sweat.

Since I’ve been booted, I have to admit that my injury is feeling so much better. My only complaint is the bruise that the boot is creating on the front of my shin below my knee. I finally added some extra padding in there to relieve the stress so hopefully, I won’t incur yet another injury healing from this one. Plus, I have found that my bone stimulator seems to be having quite the positive effect as well. Last week, when the rep came out to deliver it and tutor me on how the device worked, all he had to do was press lightly above my ankle in order to send me jumping out of my seat in pain. But now, it is hard for me to even pinpoint the location of it. I really have to press down to find the inflammation and the discomfort. This has me giddy. I think I’m FINALLY on my way to getting closer to running again!

So, despite the fact that it is National Running Day and I’m the only one NOT running, I’ll still disclose the reasons that I DO run.

  • It is fun.
  • I’m pretty good at it.
  • It de-clutters my mind.
  • It keeps me sane.
  • It is the ONLY time I get alone.
  • It helps me control my weight.
  • It gives me an excuse to wear neon.
  • Because I need a reason to own all these damn sneakers.
  • It keeps me from running away from home…Yes, it is true.
  • It reminds me that I have control over my life.

Of course, I wouldn’t be surprised if these are some of your reasons, too. For us runners? We are like peas and carrots. Sure, we may look different, but boy, we sure go together.

But enough about me. Why do YOU run?



4 Responses to National (I'm Not) Running Day!

  1. txa1265 says:

    It IS crappy to be in a boot today (my younger son is in one from a DDR injury, no lie!).

    I started running to lose weight in 1989 at 23 (I was >375lbs) and for many years it was just weight control. But after my thyroid died and I slowly started gaining weight again, in 2012 I started back, and this time it is different – now I am a *runner*, I eat to fuel my runs, and I seek out my runs to be the best best possible version of me.

  2. Jessica says:

    I’m in the same boat. Injured and I couldn’t run on National Running Day! Hopefully it won’t be long til we are both back out there. So how much longer are you in the boot for? Running is my meditation. I’m almost going crazy without it!

    • A Running Chick says:

      Hey Jessica! I’m hoping to be out by the end of the month. It already feels SO MUCH BETTER. I’m so sorry I didn’t have it checked right after Boston. But live and learn. How about you? Not much longer, I hope??

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