Global Running Day 2017
May 8, 2017
Yesterday was Global Running Day and I, along with many others across the globe, went for a run. This year was different for me than years past; I felt more committed to celebrating and sharing the holiday with others. I immediately joined the Facebook groups, the online pledge, and started combing the internet for stories about what others were planning to do, and then I realized I didn't have a plan for anything "special" per say. People were posting elaborate stories of plans to recognize Global Running Day and all I knew was that I was going to run.
So Global Running Day rolled around, I saved my run for the after work, and my wife and I met at BrewSA Brewing Company for our Wednesday night club. 6:30 rolled around and we both ran our separate ways, just as we had the weeks before. This has become our routine for Wednesday nights and I can't think of a better way to have celebrated the holiday.
Now don't get me wrong, I would have been just as happy to participate in one of the large group meetups that were organized for the day, or to have planned an elaborate celebration for Global Running Day, but my Wednesday night runs are something I look forward to every week. Somehow it would have felt wrong to abandon that for anything else.
A few weeks ago my family all met in Delaware to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday and after dinner, my father took a moment to share with us the wisdom that he's gained after 60 years on this earth. "Enjoy the little things, those are the memories you'll cherish most year after year."
Since moving to New York I've established two weekly "run" clubs, both meeting at different breweries. I put running in quotes because not everyone runs, but that's not what the nights are about. In my mind, run clubs are a chance for people to get together and unwind. Ending at a brewery just opens the circle for non-runners to come out as well, although that certainly won't stop me from trying to convince everyone to try the run each and every week.
So Monday night is the after-work run club in Oyster Bay. At five-o-clock, we drive to Oyster Bay, whoever wants to run will do so, and everyone else heads to Oyster Bay Brewing Company. Sometimes there's just two of us, sometimes ten or twelve, but that's part of the fun, it's a different group every week. Coming back each Monday, we quickly became friends with the staff, and during the slower months, they would join us for what we aptly named "family dinner" around the bar.
As you may remember from my post a few weeks ago, I thoroughly enjoy my routines and I find comfort in seeing the same friendly faces every week we go. Separate groups returning each week begin to merge and mix together and so our "run" club grows. This past week, I feel pretty confident that we even recruited another actual runner to join the club, and I didn't even recruit him. By the time we got to the bar, Noreen, our bartender, was already telling him all about it, all I had to do was take down his information. Can't wait to hopefully see him back for our run next week!
Our Wednesday night run club is a bit different. Last summer, the local paper announced that a brewery was going to open up just a few blocks from my apartment. My wife and I were thrilled and spent the next several months driving past the property each and every day observing the progress and eagerly awaiting the grand opening. We rushed in the first night and started the run club that next Wednesday.
We've had a few people join us on occasion, but often on Wednesday nights, it's just my wife and me on the run. Running on hump day is probably the perfect day as well, for us, because it's a refreshing escape right in the middle of the week. Especially in the summer. For one it's a reason to get out of the house, but it's also rewarding for me to see her so immersed in the beer running culture.
My wife ran her first half-marathon less than a year ago and just ran her third this past weekend. Even though she's only just starting to explore the world of distance running, she's diving in head first. All credit really goes to her for getting the run club setup at BrewSA. As soon as the place opened, she was already introducing herself to the owners and talking up the I RUN ON BEER lifestyle.
Through I RUN ON BEER, social media, and the Bib Rave community, it's been so great to see how large the running community spans across the globe. There are runners everywhere and interest in the sport appears to be growing at unprecedented space. It's awesome to be able to use I RUN ON BEER to connect with so many members of that community, but I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate Global Running Day than putting in a few miles with my wife and chasing them down with a cold beer surrounded by close friends.
Hope y'all had an amazing Global Running Day and I'd love to hear how you celebrated. Let me know in the comments below!