Today is National Running Day, and all of us here at Actively Northwest couldn’t be more excited. It’s a chance for runners everywhere to declare their passion for the sport and for beginners to join in on the fun. As running enthusiasts know well, the sport offers far more than just a good workout. Those with a consistent running routine can boost their immune system, relieve stress, and even alleviate depression. This is because after running a few minutes, your body releases hormones that can naturally improve your mood. Yes, that “runner’s high” is actually a real thing! Ready to join in on the fun? Here are three National Running Day celebration ideas for those at any fitness level.
Make a Running Resolution
We all want to work out more, but it’s hard to stick to a goal without a firm resolution. Make a plan to run at least 2-3 times a week for a month and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. By week four, you’ll find yourself going farther without added pain. If you haven’t been running regularly, start slow. It’s okay to begin with a walk/run combo and gradually work up to longer runs.
Try a New Running Route
While we all have our favorite running routes, we encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and try out something new. The Pacific Northwest is full of great road, path and trail routes for those looking to change up their routine. If you’re a road runner, drive to a new neighborhood and map out a run that lets you explore a new area of your city. If you’re a fan of designated paths, there is no shortage of options! For Seattleites, The Burke Gilman and Elliott Bay Trail provide miles of paved terrain away from busy streets. If trail running is more your speed, check out Forest Park in Portland. You’ll have 80 miles of trails to choose from.
Get a Running Group together
It’s always more fun to run with friends. Instead of planning your weekly happy hour, why not plan a group run? Invite your friends to your favorite park and challenge everyone to complete a goal. Beginner runners might aim to run for five minutes without stopping while experience runners can set up an impromptu 5K race. After you complete your run, settle down to a healthy picnic with your friends. We promise you’ll feel healthier and happier than you would after your usual happy hour. You may kick off a new running group that could last all summer long! Do you have plans to celebrate National Running Day? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.