National Bow Tie Day (August 28). National Pickle Day (November 14). Clean Your Refrigerator Day (November 15). Make a Hat Day (September 15). If Pets Had Thumbs Day (March 3). All days I let pass without giving a second (or a first!) thought.
But today is a day I can get behind. A day I believe in. A day I promote (literally!). A day I will be kickstarting with an 8-mile run. Because today is National Running Day.
Celebrated on the first Wednesday in June since 2009, National Running Day encourages folks to go for a run, encourage friends and family members to run, commit to a race, set a goal. In short, it's a way to celebrate the sport we all take part in (and often love). The NRD organizers ask folks what motivates them to run, so I asked the same gals to fill in the blank on Twitter. Here's how a bunch of mother runners tweeted they answer the statement...
Nicole: "I run to be healthy and sane."
Cateydid: "I run to remind myself I am strong & capable of facing whatever comes my way."
Sarah AJ: "I run away. (But always home again.)
Jodi Snowdon: "I run 2 show my daughters how 2 set goals, work hard, sweat daily - and 2 see the body as an instrument, NOT an ornament."
Shannon Coleman: "I run to find peace in this busy life."
Jen: "I run because it's better than crying in the closet."
BehrendtAmy: "I run because there is a @DairyQueen on one of my running routes!"
Melissa: "I run because hospital only sent me home w/free diapers & free gauze underwear, not a free gym membership."
Jenna Harper: "I run because I'm addicted to the feeling of accomplishment it gives me!"
KEC: "I run because it reveals my inner voice, which can often be drowned out."
I nodded so much while reading these tweets, my kids mistook me for a Bobblehead!
Okay, one guess what today's giveaway question is going to be...bingo: Complete the phrase, "I run..."
Want to know what one mother runner will win? Seven pairs of Sof Sole Running Select performance running socks (enough for a fresh pair every day without having to do laundry--a mom's dream, right?!), plus a pair of Fit insoles. Dimity and I dub these Sof Sole insoles as our, "secret weapons," since they provide the perfect amount of cushioning and arch support without overpowering our strides. We wear these insoles--available in low, neutral, and high arch variations--in all our running shoes.
To enter this Sof Sole giveaway for seven pairs of super-comfortable and cool Running Select socks + one pair of Fit insoles, finish the phrase, "I run..." in the Comments section below this post on our website. And happy National Running Day to all!
[Some fine print for this fine prize.] This sweepstakes is open to those over 18 and residents of United States and Canada. It begins on 6/4/14 and ends on 6/10/14; the winner will be announced on 6/14/14. One entry per person. The value of the prize is $109.92. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Void where prohibited by law.