Celebrate National Running Day, plus a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon discount
Leave it to National Running Day to just run up on us. The day — meant to inspire runners to reflect on why they run, make a running resolution or to simply celebrate the camaraderie of group runs — is June 5.
To recognize the day being in its fifth year, we’ve got five ways you can celebrate — in addition, of course, to going for a run.
Donate to the One Boston Fund: Mary Wittenberg, president and chief executive officer of New York Road Runners, said runners told running day organizers they wanted to show support for the victims of the Boston bombings this year. National Running Day organizers have made special ribbons and bibs for events across the country. Runners can also donate to The One Fund Boston through the National Running Day website.
Get $20 off your registration to the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon: As a tribute to National Running Day, you can save $20 when your register for the marathon — which has races from San Francisco, Calif. to Brooklyn, N.Y., and several U.S. cities in between. (The marathon is also in Dublin and Portugal). It’s a one-day deal only on June 5.
Buy yourself some new shoes: Treat your feet to a new pair of running shoes. Every year, shoemakers improve technology for better shoes. One running shoe that’s getting some attention this year is Nike’s Flykit Lunar 1+ because of a new manufacturing technique that helps reduce seams, friction and makes the shoe even more lightweight. Nike’s newest innovation got props from Time Magazine, who included it on its list of the best inventions last year. (Get coupons and cash back offers at Finish Line)
Bookmark a running blog: It’s motivational to hear another runner’s story — especially if you are an aspiring runner. We love the voice and the honesty of Runs for Cookies. The running blog is run by Katie, a Michigan mom of two lost 125 pounds through diet and exercise. Her success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show.
Substitute running hour for happy hour: Instead of bonding with your co-workers over chips and salsa and margs, go for an afternoon run after work one day a week. You can start a little office running club and it will give you something to look forward to every week. An added perk: You’ll wait out rush hour while you’re on your run.
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