EARNED RUNS BIBS: TIME TO START #2. NOT ONLY IS MY #1 BIB FULL OF STICKERS, it’s about time to break out of the weather confines of winter and start celebrating spring time.
The 2018 date of the beginning of meteorological spring (March 1), the start of Daylight Saving Time (March 11), and the day the season changes according to the astrological calendar (March 21) have passed. What has signaled the start of ‘spring’ season for me? The 122nd Boston Marathon has been run (April 16), so my personal outdoor athletic challenge season has begun.
Perhaps you have a different take on when Spring has made it to your corner of the world. We can each appreciate different subtle or easily recognized signals that our own outdoor season has commenced.
To get things revved-up, fitness-wise, there are a number occasions that can be chosen on which to stage challenges. In the USA, Earned Runs has selected Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day (see below a copied section of the spring custom events page for 2018). Cinco de Mayo was recently featured in a Blog post reminder.
Consider creating /designing a custom event in May. There might be a birthday or anniversary that could should be celebrated this month. Or a graduation, end of school year, or Memorial Day picnic get-together that deserves special attention. The point is to identify a date to which you commit to be active in a meaningful fashion. Solo or with others. Possibly something you would like to make an annual tradition.
Culturally these days, we love to celebrate the start and finale of show seasons or the release of franchise films. We can turn these occasions into excuses to be active together! The Game of Thrones franchise did this in a spectacular manner. Usually a “marathon” in this sense means watching all the previous episodes before seeing the latest or last one. In this case runners watched all 60 of them while running behind a screen mounted on a vehicle and ran across Italy in an ultra-marathon! They arrived at the destination, Sforza Castle, and watched the debut episode of season 7.
Are you sufficiently creative to entice friends to gather and be active?
RUN AND MOVE HAPPY!
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May 5, 2017
DAY OF 5THS FIVE (5miles or 5 K, etc)
Of course, today is the celebration of the Cinco De Mayo holiday, but this date can also be an opportunity to be happy about the 5th day of the 5th month, and your ability to finish the 5thkilometer or the 5thmile of a personal Earned Runs race, run, or walk. Afterward, join everyone else enjoying the festivities of CdM!
May 12-14, 2017
MOTHERS CHOICE COMPETITION (5K)
Moms, since your family is often willing to do what YOU want this weekend, ask everyone to accompany you on a nature walk-run, without electronic devices. Keep the pace at slow enough to allow laughing, joking, talking together. Request that they wear Earned Runs bibs decorated like Mother’s Day cards. Estimate the money that would have been spent on cards and treat everyone to an icy dessert (slushy, ice cream cone, popsicle, etc.) or make a charity donation. Since the full weekend is yours to command, there is plenty of time to enjoy other activities as well.
May 29, 2017
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE (mile, 5K, or 10K)
This federal holiday is for remembering the men and women who DIED while serving their country in the Armed Forces (compared with Veterans Day, in which the SERVICE of all U.S. military, veterans and active, is celebrated). It’s a solemn day. US flags and wreaths are placed at gravesites. Many remember others who have passed away in their lives, including non-military. One way to do this by running or walking at quiet times, like sunrise or sunset, when we can reflect back on their lives.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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