This year June 3 is Global Running Day, a worldwide celebration of running that encourages people of all ages and abilities to get moving. This day plays an important role, reminding us of the positives that running can offer and the power of unification. Its mission seems more important than ever right now, as people everywhere attempt to stay active and healthy. During these challenging times, many people are turning to running as a solution to help release anxiety, gain perspective, cope with cabin fever, and keep up wellbeing.
This year, Global Running Day 2020 will be digitally uniting people across the world in a global effort to encourage physical wellness and strengthen the community. Here are how some ways the contributors of the Fairfield County Moms Blog have embraced running during the pandemic.
I love being outside. It gives me a purpose to let myself have my me-time. I get to fully zone out, listen to ANY type of music, and I’m SO much happier after a good run. My husband fully supports Mommy’s alone time runs.
Running is the only alone time I’ve gotten all quarantine (along with grocery trips). Rediscovering my love of running has truly been the silver lining of the past couple of months. It is the only form of exercise I actually look forward to. Being outside and working up a good sweat makes my heart happy. Plus, I get to listen to my old school hip hop!
Running has always been a huge part of my fitness journey. However, during the pandemic, running has been more cathartic than ever. On the mornings I run outside, it is sometimes the ONLY time I leave my house. On many of my early morning runs, I would listen to audiobooks and podcasts. It became such a grounding and centering experience to listen and absorb while being physically active. Running has been essential in balancing my emotional and mental health. I am truly grateful that I am physically able to run, and I do not take that for granted.
I run to build my endurance and help me sleep better at night! During the pandemic, it has been a lifesaver for me – every morning, my sister and I run at the same time on the phone together, and it’s when we catch up without children around. Running has also always been a great way to help me shed a few unwanted pounds. However, during the quarantine with the extra calories from booze and food that hasn’t worked as well, but running connects me and my sister and my father. We talk about our runs frequently, and when we go on family vacations, we run together. I don’t consider myself an avid runner by any means, but I love my 3.5 miles!
I was put in a diet by a pediatrician in elementary school. I clearly remember walking the president’s physical fitness mile each year instead of running it. It wasn’t until 2013 that I looked around at the “fit” people on treadmills at the gym and decided running was what I needed to be doing. It has made me feel strong and proud of a body that I’ve never appreciated or loved very much. Now that I’m a mom, it’s is my special time, a stress reliever, and a way to be a role model for my children.