Updated on June 1, 2016: GLOBAL RUNNING DAY
1. Embrace the name.
- Many times, nomenclature makes decisions for us. It's time to take the name and do something with it. Use it as a weapon, a sign to let people know who you are and what awesomeness you are about to achieve. LIVE IT. Be proud. Be active. And even though many of us are trying to lose the fat for health and wellness reasons, EMBRACE it and LOVE it.
2. Decide to run.
- Whether it's slow running, run-walking or walk-running, sprinting, limping with/without a crutch, or running with a prosthetic--running is running. Don't let anyone tell you what you are doing. Only YOU know.
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3. Look in the mirror and smile, even if it doesn't feel genuine. Sometimes, we have to fake it until we make it.
- Thank your body for how it has supported you thus far. Make a promise to your body that you will honor and nourish it, as it has you.
- Have a favorite mantra? Now is the time to repeat it several times. I like this one from Christiane Northrup, MD: "I love myself unconditionally right now."
4. Put on your running clothes.
- Do you only have sweats or jeans? Yoga pants or cargo pants? Have a favorite t-shirt that makes you feel and act fabulous? WHATEVER, they're running clothes so put them on.
5. Put on your sneakers, kicks, tennis shoes, gym shoes, wedges, stilettos, sandals, Doc Martens. Or not. You can run barefoot too.
- Shoes tattered and falling apart? Totally fine, because that's why duct-tape and Crazy-Glue were invented.
6. Look in the mirror AGAIN and admire yourself for being a badass fatrunner.
- Repeat your mantra again, several times until you start believing it or until you start feeling crazy. Either totally works.
7. Leave your house. Lock the door if you're in Brooklyn.
8. Take a breath, or several if you're asthmatic. (Maybe you should take your inhaler too...)
- Seriously, there are a lot of people out there with asthma and sometimes this makes us scared. Talk to your doctor about exercising beforehand. If they discourage you from exercising without trying to find a safe balance for exercising, find another doctor. Our bodies were meant to move and there are tons of successful athletes dealing with asthma.
9. Take a selfie to record this momentous occasion--YOU KNOW YOU WANNA POST THIS ON INSTAGRAM!
- Run-walk. Walk-run. Run to the lamppost. Breathe. Take another selfie. Run. Again.