Happy National Running Day!

Yesterday, the high was around 90 degrees and sunny, so I decided to take my speed workout to the local YMCA. Unfortunately the air conditioning there was almost non-existent and I think I ended up sweating MORE than I would have outside. The plan was to run 3 x 1 mile @ 5k pace w/ 400m recovery, but that didn’t exactly happen…

The inside temp of the 5th floor fitness room was 80 degrees with no breeze (I checked the thermostat), so after one sweaty and yucky mile, I decided to modify the workout a bit.

  • 1 mile warm-up
  • 1 mile @ 5k pace (6:31) w/ 400m recovery
  • 2 x 800m @ 5k pace (3:15) w/ 400m recovery
  • 2.25 mile cool-down

Meh, not the most awesome workout of my running career, but at least it’s miles in the bank. I chugged a Gatorade, ate some leftover watermelon salad, and chilled out until dinner time.

On the menu – A BLT variation inspired by a recipe I spotted in Fitness Magazine.

BLT + Avocado on Leftover Hotdog Buns (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 8-10 slices of center cut (lower in fat!) bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 hot dog buns, toasted (whole grain would be best, but we only had regular)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and toast buns until slightly browned.
  • Meanwhile, combine vegetables, bacon, mayo, S&P in a medium bowl and toss gently
  • Pile BLT + Avocado salad mixture on to the toasted hot dog bun and eat up!

For dessert –  soft ice cream with sprinkles from Hillside Farms dairy store. Yum!!

Happy National Running Day (June 1st)! I’ve been running for about 11 years and can’t imagine how different my life would be without this sport. I’ve met friends, roommates, and boyfriends because of running. I’ve stayed fit and healthy and sane because of running. I’ve run faster and farther than I thought I could. And I have a lot to be grateful for.

For a list of National Running Day events, check out this website.

When did you start running? Are you going to do anything to celebrate National Running Day?

  • I started running in jr. high school but never really enjoyed it until my freshman year in college! This past year I started training on my own and really grew to love distance running, enough to rock a half-marathon!

  • Love your brief NRD blurb! 🙂 I’ve been running for eight years now and I also can’t imagine life without it. I celebrated with my usual sweat-soaked six miler followed by a Blue Bell popsicle, and by registering for a heavily-discounted Rock and Roll marathon (But to be honest, I’ll most likely downgrade to the half, depending on how well I do in NYC this fall. I just wanted the bigger discount today!)

  • I am incredibly lame and I don’t think I’m going to run on national running day:( I’m in Michigan and having some trouble geeting used to the allergens here and the last time I ran I ended up feeling a lot worse…I’m sure I’l’ run when I get to Tennessee tomorrow!

  • Happy National Running Day to you, too!! I started running in Jr. High, but fell in love during college when I discovered marathons. Today I’ll probably celebrate with a treadmill run since it’s approx a million degrees here in Philly. Followed by a fro yo because of the picture you posted 🙂 

  • Happy National Running Day to you, too!! I started running in Jr. High, but fell in love during college when I discovered marathons. Today I’ll probably celebrate with a treadmill run since it’s approx a million degrees here in Philly. Followed by a fro yo because of the picture you posted 🙂 

  • I recently wrote how I started running here: http://meggiesmith.blogspot.com/2011/05/erika-owes-me-some-shoes.html
    I may NOT be running today — is that a running sin?!? I ran 10 on monday and 7 yday and my legs aren’t trashed, but I should prob rest them since I still considering myself building back from that marathon in May. Of course, I feel like I should, but I’m trying to hold myself back!

  • I love vanilla soft serve with rainbow sprinkles! It reminds me of being a kid again 🙂  Happy national running day! I started running around the age of 21 or 22 – it was probably the best decision I’ve ever made!

  • Corey @ runners cookie

    The summer temps make it hard to complete tough workouts – I remember last summer needing to modify some of my track workouts when I just knew I’d either have to slow down or decrease the distance. Better to do that and get in something with quality than overdo it and get totally dehydrated and exhausted. I like the BLT with avocado idea – and a very creative way to use leftover hot dog buns!
    Wish I had the chance to run on the official national running day, but it didn’t happen because of weather + a sinus issue, but I still celebrated by thinking about how much I love to run and the fact that my mom really got me started a long time ago and was such a positive role model about it. I remember watching her race since I was very little, and joined the middle school XC team as soon as I could. I wasn’t fast at all but I loved it.

  • Megan

    Ive been running since 7th grade track 13 years ago this past March. And I couldn’t imagine my life without it. To celebrate, I ran 6 miles, 4 of which were tempo, with .5 mi walk cool down because its a hot one out there today!! 84 & sunny! Don’t know what the humidity was, but I was sweating like mad. Loved it tho!

  • I started running in 6th grade — the 100m and the 200m — and moved onto my specialty, the 400m, in high school and in college track!

    Since nobody, ah, asks to race the 400m anymore, I’ve had to do a little growing up and go the distance by racing 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons. I’m not a very good distance runner, but it’ll have to do 😉

    Yesterday I had time to hit up the combined lululemon run club celebration jog in Central Park! We covered 5 or 6 miles and had a lovely time.

  • I started running for real Sept. 2010 – before I would run 20-30 mins at the gym before weights workouts.

  • Amelia

    Love your blog! Have read almost every post. 🙂 Thought you might like mine, too!
    http://arpsmith-kitchen.blogspot.com/

  • question: do you have a recommendation for how to calculate a 5k pace based on longer distances?  I have some halfs and full marathons under my belt, but have never done a 5k and am curious what I would aim for.  It looks like your 5k pace (6:30) is about 30 seconds faster than your half pace (7:00), is that about right?

    Happy Running Day! I’ve been running for 15 years, since 7th grade track & field.  Nothing in my life has brought me more consistent happiness

  • question: do you have a recommendation for how to calculate a 5k pace based on longer distances?  I have some halfs and full marathons under my belt, but have never done a 5k and am curious what I would aim for.  It looks like your 5k pace (6:30) is about 30 seconds faster than your half pace (7:00), is that about right?

    Happy Running Day! I’ve been running for 15 years, since 7th grade track & field.  Nothing in my life has brought me more consistent happiness

  • Anonymous

    Hmm, good question. My current 5k pace is probably around 6:30 and my
    current HM pace is around 7:15 (so that’s a 45 second difference). Ideally,
    my HM pace would be 7:00 and my 5k pace would be 6:15, so I’m estimating
    that a 45 second divide is *about* right. McMillan has a good pace
    calculator if you want to plug in your numbers –
    http://www.mcmillanrunning.com/mcmillanrunningcalculator.htm