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I wrote this post a few days ago - when it was actually National Running Day, but life got in the way and I forgot to press "Publish"

As the Garden of the Gods 10-Miler gets closer my pre-race anxiety only increases.  That said, National Running Day crossed my calendar (and Facebook feed) at an ideal time.  I run for so many reasons, only one of them is to compete.  That's exactly what I need to bare in mind as Sunday gets closer...and closer...and the butterflies in my stomach get increasingly crazy.

Here are a few of the many reasons I run: 

  • What’s not to love?
  • It’s free (which is important when you’re a young government employee).
  • It’s freeing. Just me, a trail, and maybe a running buddy.
  • It allows me to eat a lot…like enough to feed a small rhino.
  • Brutal hill repeats are a great way to make friends.
  • I love the sense of exploration.
  • I’m a super competitive person and running allows me to let it loose.
  • No matter how big a problem seems when I leave the house, after a run everything seems manageable.
  • To achieve that amazing feeling of accomplishment and exhaustion.
  • Neon gear is pretty swell.
  • I have really big feet, might as well put them to good use.
  • We are fortunate enough to live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth - running puts me in the mindset to take it all in.
  • Even if every single step is uncomfortable, or even downright hurts, I go to bed looking forward to my next run.

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Comment by Sean O'Day on June 7, 2014 at 10:44am

Neon gear shouldn't be limited to running attire.

Comment by Brianne Pierson on June 7, 2014 at 9:13am

I ran with the Manitou Run Club on National Running Day. It's a cool group that meets at the Manitou Brewery on Wednesdays at 6. They have awesome food there (and a great beer/wine selection from what people tell me as I don't drink).  You should check it out!

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