Wild Workout Wednesday: 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day



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10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day!

Happy National Running Day!!! For the last several years, the first Wednesday in June has been a day for the running community to unite and celebrate their love of running! 

Last year was my first year participating and celebrating which I did by waking up at the crack of dawn with the goal of running my longest distance to date.  I accomplished that goal by running 9 miles and recapping each wonderful mile with a post on the blog. 

Now, looking back it’s fun to see how far I’ve come.  I’ve since completed 2 half marathons and am currently training for my first full.  Rereading that post also inspired me to come up with more fun ways to celebrate National Running Day! 

1. Run + pledge your miles! 

Charity Miles National Running Day

By simply downloading the Charity Miles App and tracking your run, you will be able to donate to a charity of your choice with every mile that is logged! Charities include: Autism Speaks, Stand Up to Cancer, Team Challenge, Girls on the Run, Team RWB and several more! 

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2. Participate in a virtual race or run. 

National Running Day Virtual Race

US Road Running is hosting a 5K, 10K and half marathon in honor of National Running Day! Just register, run and post your result! :) Alternatively, if you head on over to Running Day’s Facebook page you can find event to join for a group run in your city.  

3. Set a new goal or add a race to your calendar! 

Race Schedule

Setting and working toward a new goal can be quite rewarding.  It can be as simple as running further than you’ve ran, something more aggressive like coming up with a plan to PR or even signing up for that big race you’ve been too scared to run. 

4. Buy new running shoes.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day


I don’t know about you but using National Running Day to buy a new pair of kicks sounds like a good excuse to me! 😉 Come to think of it, I purchased my last pair in January and it’s now June….thinkin’ mama needs a new pair of Sauconys! 

5. Make a post-run treat! 

Spiced Banana Protein Muffins {Gluten Free, Vegan} via @fitfoodiemama


Make National Running Day just that much more special with a delicious treat waiting to refuel you when you finish your run.  These Spiced Banana Protein Muffins are perfect post-run, easy to make and deeeelicious! 😉 

6. Run a new route.


Photo courtesy of MapMyFitness

It’s easy to get stuck in the same old rut with your running route.  Change it up; smell new flowers, see new sites and fall in love with running all over again. 

7. Create a new playlist. 


Reinvigorate your run with some new tunes! Sometimes, it’s fun to look forward to listening to new songs on your run and get your groove on while your movin’! The running playlist above is one that I created last Spring- more old school than new school but you can never go wrong with some throwback jams, right?! :)

8. Run with a friend!


I’m pretty notorious for running solo mostly because I live in the middle of nowhere and run before the world is awake but over the last year, some of my most enjoyable runs have been with friends.  Solo sessions can be great, even therapeutic but running with friends is a great way to make runs just that much more special. 


9. Post your run on social media.

10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day

Celebrated #NationalRunningDay with a run?! Post it to social media to say Happy National Running Day! This is the picture I posted to IG last year after my 9 mile run.  I was excited and proud to have set a goal and made it happen- of course I had to share! 😉 

National Running Day

You can also share your love of running by downloading the National Running Day badge and customizing it to share why you run! 

10. Run Free. 

Run Free

Ditch all your gadgets, lace up, head out the door and just run. Not for time or for distance but just for the love of running.  Isn’t that what National Running Day is all about anyway?! :) 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!


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jill conyers
Reply June 3, 2015

All great reasons to love running! I make it a point to ditch the gadgets every now and then. Run just for the love of running.
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Such an amazing feeling! :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply June 3, 2015

I didn't know it was national running day. I am off for a run in a bit, so it's good timing :)
I think sharing your runs on social media is great motivation.
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    I think so too- there have been days when seeing other people's runs have pushed me out the door!

Reply June 3, 2015

I started using Charity Miles for my walks. It is a really nice way to participate.
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    That's awesome!

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply June 3, 2015

Yay! Great tips!
I'm off a day on National Running Day, my post is scheduled for tomorrow. Woops :-)
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Haha, it's okay- me too! Today is technically my rest day!

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply June 3, 2015

I like running "naked" without the gadgets and GRPS sometimes. I also like running in a group because I get to enjoy some company and running with friends makes it more enjoyable! Happy Running Day.
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Running in a group does make it more fun sometimes :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply June 3, 2015

I love that you made the first one about running for another. Running is both inherently selfish as well as a way to connect to greater community, and this is a perfect way to remember that!
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    So true!

Reply June 3, 2015

These are all some great ideas. I like buy new running shoes the best.
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Haha yeah, good excuse to shop! ;)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply June 3, 2015

Great ideas! Running with friends is my favorite reason to run! Thanks for the linkup
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    It is a great reason to run! Thanks so much for joining!

Pamela Hernandez
Reply June 3, 2015

Great list! I'll have to celebrate tomorrow though...full day in the gym!
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    I hear ya- I actually have a scheduled rest day today :)

Reply June 3, 2015

ALL amazing reasons to run - what a fantastic post! The Charity Miles and Virtual Races - super great ways to celebrate today!
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Thank you and thanks for linking up! :)

Reply June 3, 2015

Love this list!! I love to run just because it is truly the best therapy for ME :)

    Reply June 3, 2015

    Same here :)

Reply June 3, 2015

Hooray for my favourite sport! Sadly today is strength training day so I won't be running, but will run in honour of the day tomorrow :)
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Me too! Today is technically a rest day for me! Thanks so much for linking up :)

Reply June 3, 2015

Great resource! Running is like nothing else and definitely what keeps me grounded. Hope to get out there today in celebration!
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    I hear ya- it really is like no other sport!

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply June 3, 2015

Hooray for national running day! Have a great day, friend!
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Thank you, you too! :)

Mary Beth jackson
Reply June 3, 2015

All great reasons!!! I got my run in first thing before we get more rain today! I love the idea of new shoes! :)
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    Reply June 3, 2015

    Yay, happy you were able to get out there :)

Ange @ Cowgirl Runs
Reply June 3, 2015

I won't be running today, but I'll be working on my recovery and training plan for my next race.
I have to ask - what plugin do you use for your image loading? I love it!
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    Reply June 4, 2015

    Hmmm that is a really good question? I scrolled through my plugins but I couldn't find one. The web developer may have installed something that I'm not aware of.

Reply June 3, 2015

Awesome ideas! I think I'm actually going to register for a pretty big race today, and I didn't even realize I was doing it on National Running Day! It's an awesome way to celebrate!
Kristen recently posted...Happy National Running Day!My Profile

    Reply June 4, 2015

    Yay, that is so exciting!!! :)

Debbie @ Coach Debbie Runs
Reply June 3, 2015

After a few blah runs, I felt so good today I picked up the pace and had a great run! The kind that reminds you why you run. Happy National Running Day!
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    Reply June 4, 2015

    Woohoo! What an awesome way to celebrate National Running Day! :)

Tamieka@ Fitballingrunningmom
Reply June 3, 2015

I need to do better at running just to run! That is part of my summer running goals. We will see how it goes!

Happy National Running Day!!!

    Reply June 4, 2015

    Me too! I am always so competitive with myself!

Reply June 4, 2015

Wonderful list, great reasons to run! Happy National Running Day!
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    Reply June 4, 2015

    Thanks, Autumn! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply June 5, 2015

A new playlist always helps me get in the zone :) great post!!
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    Reply June 5, 2015

    Thanks! New playlists are great- I need to make another one ASAP for marathon training!

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