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May 31, 2015

Running shouldn’t just be recognized on one day

There is a calendar that I have seen some years past that listed a “National Day Of...” something or other for every day of the year.

Last week there was a National Day of Wine. I am not sure what having a National Day does for something, other than giving it some sort of recognition. A National Day of Wine gives people a chance to drink a glass of wine as a form of celebration without feeling guilty. I am sure that if the person is a wine drinker, they probably had a glass of wine during their evening meal every day of the week anyway.

This week on Wednesday is the National Day of Running. That means that runners can now go for their run and be recognized on their day of celebration. While the day to be recognized is Wednesday, I am sure that the runs they did on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - and the race they entered on the weekend - will not be any different than on Wednesday.

If this national day of recognition for running offered some benefits, it might be something to look at a little closer. Maybe restaurants could offer a free meal for runners after their daily jaunt around the neighborhood... or getting a free movie pass to the latest hit of the week... or maybe getting a free fill-up of gas, since they are not big gas users when they run.

If a person is a non-runner and wants to celebrate the day by starting a running program - or even going for a run just on Wednesday - that might be something to try. The one day of running on the National Day of Running might just lead to something beneficial.

Last week at the Faith Run 5K, one individual ran his first race ever after losing 60 pounds of weight. That one day that he started running led to a much healthier lifestyle, and to do something that he had never tried before when he entered the race.

Chances are race organizers will see him in another race in the future; and with the motivation of finishing in a good time, he will continue to improve and get better with each race that he enters.

I am not sure how many people will know that this coming Wednesday is dedicated to runners on a national level; but for those that do know, it is nice to be noticed.

To help get the National Day of Running noticed, there needs to be a few runners going on their daily run carrying a sign, or wearing a bright colored T-shirt, that lets people driving by or standing around know that it is a day of celebration for runners. The wording on the shirt or sign needs to specify that “Today is the National Day of Running.”

And maybe a little extra notice on the bottom of the sign or back of the T-shirt asking the non-runners to join the runner in celebrating this great day.

It is nice to get a day of recognition for a great activity that has so many healthful benefits; but what is needed next is finding that calendar that lists the “weeks” of national recognition, and then locating the calendars that list a month of recognition for running.

Getting someone to run for a month to celebrate the activity will be a good start to keeping these new runners running for months afterward. Maybe have something like China that has a year of recognition for an animal, such as the “Year of the Tiger,” and have a “Year of the Run.”

For runners who tend to pound the roads everyday anyway, they need to find a creative person who can come up with national days of recognition for “Run a Fast 5K Day” or “Run a Marathon Month.” How about a national day for a runner that specifies that they “Run With a Non-Runner Day” to help motivate someone to begin an active lifestyle?

Some company that promotes running needs to develop a calendar for runners that has 52 different “National Weeks” for some form of running or racing for avid runners to follow. If anything, it would give me something to write about every week.

Moe Johnson
Dr. Maurice Johnson - better known around San Marcos as “Moe” - is a professor in the Department of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance at Texas State University - San Marcos. Moe has been a fixture in the San Marcos running community - both as a runner and race organizer - since way back when Moby Dick was a minnow. His column on running and fitness appears each Sunday in the Sports section of the San Marcos Daily Record.

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