Wednesday June 6th is Global Running Day, “a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving.” The perfect excuse to try something different! Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a relative novice here are 6 ideas for celebrating the day...
1. Run backwards
We once had a running coach who was a bit of a show-off and would regularly run backwards while instructing the group. Wacky as it sounds, backwards running has a number of benefits including improving your balance, co-ordination and cardiovascular efficiency. Be sure to keep looking over your shoulder!
2. Run to work
If you’ve yet to try run communing this is the day to give it a try. We prefer running to work, as it sets you up so well for the day. Running home requires less organization as you don’t need to bring your work clothes in advance. If you have a long commute, why not run just part of the journey?
3. Run with someone new
Global Running Day is the perfect excuse to introduce some of your non-running friends to the sport. Go easy on them and you may make yourself some new lifelong running buddies. If you’re a dog owner why not treat your mutt to a run instead of his/her walk. He’ll be delighted!
Running in Malham with our dog, Monty
4. Run a mile in New York…
… a virtual mile that is. The New York Road Runners, the people behind Global Running Day, are inviting people to join them for a virtual mile on 6 June – sign up here for some Big Apple action.
Central Park, New York. Photo Credit: Juan DiNella - Unsplash
5. Run at random
Think you know your home patch? Set out and start taking turns at random and deliberately try to get lost. It’s a great way to explore your neighbourhood and potentially add some new routes to your repertoire. It's refreshing to run without being bound to the clock.
Jephson Gardens Bridge, Lemington Spa
6. Give something back - Volunteer
Global Running Day is the perfect reminder of the importance of giving back to the sport. If you’re in a running club there are always events to help organize or committee seats to fill. Parkrunners should examine their conscience and volunteer a few times a year. Make the commitment today.
However you celebrate, have a great Global Running Day! And if you’re reading this after the event our suggestions still stand.