Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What I Did for National Running Day

Happy National Running Day! I decided to post this tonight so I could give you a recap of what I did.  Today was great.  Having a holiday that honors my favorite pastime makes me feel like a celebrity.  It is great!

I had to complete the "I run..." today for a giveaway.  I had to think about that for a while.  There were a lot of answers: I run to relieve stress, I run to stay in shape, ect.  I couldn't decide on an answer so I thought about why I started running.  The first 5K I ran was the ALS HOPE Race which is a race that is put on by the MUSC Occupational and Physical Therapy to benefit the ALS Association.  ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's, is a disease that effects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.  My aunt was diagnosed with ALS so my family and I started doing these races to help raise money.  I eventually wanted to run the race so I started running.  Fast forward 6 years and I have run 2 half-marathons.  I would have never thought that would have happened.  I also run to remember my grandmother who was diagnosed with cancer around the same time.  I run for my aunt and grandmother because they can't.

Anyway, on a cheerier note.  What did I do and win today?

I woke up and entered some giveaways.  I then went on a 4 mi run with some speed work in there.  I ran a 1 mile warmup, the 2x(.5 mi sprint, .25 mi recover, .25 mi sprint, .25 mi recover) and then a .5 mi cool down.  I then came home and entered some more giveaways.  

I won some Nuun (2 bottles- lemon-lime and fruit punch) and a pair of socks. 


Socks that don't give me blisters.  [Happy dance!]
I also bought a new shirt because I tried on some of my summer running clothes this week and they are yucky/ ill-fitting.

That is what I did on National Running Day.  What did you do?


  1. Hey did you win from TrySports? I saw where a girl named Madison won but didn't know if that was you or not. You should come run with us sometime :). Congratulations on your prize.

    I love that you run for your family members. I have run a few races in honor of mine, for diseases that they have suffered from. It's so great to have a higher, greater, purpose for running.

    1. Yes I did. I will come run sometime, maybe a Saturday morning because I can't do Tuesdays and Thursdays until late July. It looks like a lot of fun (I have run while y'all were out running), and I can't wait to come join. Thanks for the invitation!

  2. Woohoo for getting your run on today AND for winning some pretty awesome giveaways! :)
    I got out and ran today...

    1. I saw your post. Congrats on your run!

  3. Geez Madison. You're not supposed to make me CRY.
    Love you girl. :) Those are two amazing people to run for.

  4. Love this blog! I just ran my first half marathon and am now addicted. I cannot wait for my next one!

    I am a new follower of yours from the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Following you on bloglovin'! :)

    Thanks for linking up! Can't wait to read more.

    Follow back if you can so we can stay connected!