If you see an abundance of spandex-clad people hitting the pavement extra hard this morning, don't panic about being in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These folks are simply celebrating National Running Day. Yes, folks. That exercise and sport that sends some people screaming towards the couch has it's own special day. And, naturally, runners around the world are celebrating. Whether that means going out for an extra mile in the morning or sharing some running memes on social media, every runner has a different way of celebrating this special day.
To outsiders, this day doesn't make a lot of sense. Why would you celebrate something that causes sweat to stream from every pore of your body; something that makes your muscles to twinge in pain as you sit on the couch? Well, the reason to get up and run is different for everyone. For me, it's the fact that running is the only activity that provides the physical benefits of exercise, mental benefits of therapy, and motivation benefits of competition all in one. I'm all about multitasking, and running does that.
Don't get me wrong. There are days where I wish I'd never picked up the sport (hill workouts anyone?), and there are many morning where I opt for extra sleep over extra miles. But, at the end of the day, I'm glad I slipped into my Sauconies all those years ago. And these running memes are for my fellow fiends who have a love/hate relationship with the sport.
1This Aint A Beauty Pageant
It's really impossible. Don't let the magazines fool you.
You're only sore until the doctor puts you in a cast. And even then, you'll want a second opinion.
I'd run for Ryan's attention. Wouldn't you?
4The Truth About Marathons
But actually, marathon training is the worst.
5The "Cheap" Sport
Race registrations and foam rollers are expensive AF!
6That Runner's High Though
It's real. I promise!
7The Running Community
And, if you're a cross country runner, you meet lots of grass too.
8Innocent Till Proven Guilty
If the track doesn't fit, you must acquit.
9Not So Humble Brag
There's nothing wrong with a little pride.
10Seeking Running Partner
You promise to go easy, right?
Runners invented the phrase "can't stop, won't stop."
Getting lost is just part of the sport.
14The Addiction Is Real
How else is a girl supposed to get her hardware?
15The Competitive Spirit
Don't mess with a runner.
16Mother Nature Is A B*tch
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor hail can stop a runner from hitting the trail.
17A Special Breed
But seriously, what do you discuss first?
Seriously. Show me the studies.
19You Can't Run From The Truth
From the mouths of babes.
20What Off Day?
They really don't exist for runners.
What better motivation than fear?
Just praying that checked bag of shoes doesn't exceed 50 pounds.
Come on kids. You know better than to push it right from the get go.
24Sorry, Not Sorry
A runner humors a doctor. A real runner laughs in their face.
25What Is A Runner
Hey, nothing wrong with dreaming big.