Run

Run.  You don’t even need shoes. You can do it anywhere, by yourself or with any age family member. Walk out your front door and go. Or don’t. Stay inside your apartment and run in place or up and down the stairs. Don’t have the time or place to run? See the last paragraph.

Maybe you haven’t gone in a while, or you define a “run” as many miles. A run is a run. From phone pole to pole, or for a longer distance. Just go. Once you start, it becomes easier and easier.  It feels good at first and then turns into fantastic the more you do it. (Although the very first few times can feel really hard. It’s ok, do it anyway because you can. And because the fantastic is coming.)

Want more guidance or encouragement? Check these out:
The Road Runners Club of America
New York Road Runners: almost every city has one; this one is huge. Look up your city to find your local group
Marathon Kids-helping to “develop the love and habit of moving through space”
Girls on the Run
100 Mile Club: meant for kids at school to run 100 miles. (Make it your home challenge)
Team in Training
Achilles International: if you already run, help a disabled runner cross the finish line

Want to run and have a fun race as an end reward? Check out:
Color me Rad or the Color Run: start white, end up rainbow
-Firefly run: where everyone is lit up
-Costume runs: moonlight, zombie and Halloween runs
Rock and Roll Marathon: every few miles is a band and party
Muddy Buddy: start clean, end up covered in mud and laughing
-No matter where you live, there is a fun run near you. Ask your local sports store.

You don’t have the time, space, place, good weather, fill-in-the-blank excuse to run?
-Astronaut Sunita Williams trained for and raced in a triathlon from the International Space Station. While 240 miles from earth with a harness to keep her from floating off, she ran four miles on the treadmill, 18 miles on a stationary bike, and simulated a half-mile swim using a strength machine designed for weightlessness.

-Pat Farmer ran from “Pole to Pole” running 13,000 miles. He dodged bandits, insurgents and every type of weather.

-While working on an oil rig at sea, Derek Cooper trained for an Ironman. He would run laps around the helicopter landing pad, 22 times per one mile.

-President Obama exercises six days a week, doing a combination of strength and cardiovascular exercise like running, on and off the basketball court.  If he can make time in his incredibly busy schedule, so can we.

On earth, above the earth, at sea, or in any country or corner of the world, there is always a way to run!