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So Now I Can Talk About It

I think you guys know me well enough by now to know that I don’t like Hallmark holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any of those rules that like to boss us around and tell us what to do and when to do it. I’ll love when I want to love and I’ll buy flowers when I want to buy flowers (I never buy flowers). I mean, there are a few things I don’t mind conforming to like, say, the use of toilet paper or throwing on the e-break when parked on a hill. But since joining social media, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of “special days.” Days like “National Donut Day” or “Global Running Day” and I’m not yet sure how I feel about it. I quite like donuts, and you know how I feel about running.

Apparently, Global Running Day was on Wednesday of this week and although I’ve been marathoning for nearly 20 years, this year was the first I had heard of it.

But running, to me, is like…is like… sacred, or something. As if I tried to contain its enormity within a 24 hour period, there would be backlash of some sort, no doubt, like how a prodigal son might show up in the nick of time for dinner, ask to borrow ten grand and his dad’s sports car, and then take off for another year, once again leaving the rest of the family in shambles. So when Global Running Day arrived on my doorstep, I didn’t take a selfie and I didn’t write about how much I love running and why, and I didn’t natter on about how great my run was or lament that my paces aren’t as they once were and how I’m itching to get back to the harder workouts. No. I ran, yeah, for sure, because I do every day. And I run every day because I can, and that right there is a gift that I’ll never take lightly. My sacred gift that I dare take for granted because the second I do, I’ll be missing ten grand and a sports car.

Just like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and National Donut Day, Global Running Day should be a day that you choose, not a day that chooses you. You can choose to love, to buy flowers, to eat hot sugary lard dough (OMG YUM), to run, and to post selfies about any and all of those things and as long as it’s from your heart, it counts.


Go ahead, psychoanalyze why I have authority issues, blah blah blah. Something to do with my birth order, bad attitude, or some sort of narcissistic personality disorder, I’m sure. I’ll listen, but just have a bag of Sweet Chili Heat Doritos nearby.

Did you celebrate Global Running Day? What about National Donut Day? What’s your favourite special day? Are there any that you think I’d like? Like maybe Global Poo Day? Now THAT would be awesome. Can you imagine the selfies?!?!

{ 32 comments… add one }
  • San June 8, 2017, 3:16 pm

    I totally boycott Valentine’s Day… and a multitude of other made up holidays…. and I didn’t run yesterday, but I did post about Global Running Day, but I swear it came from the heart 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 3:22 pm

      Yeah! And I love that! My mom really enjoys Mother’s Day and she loves pretty cards with flowers on them, and so because I love her, I will totally go out of my way to celebrate Mother’s Day with her. There are no rules, just love. <3

  • Helly June 8, 2017, 4:21 pm

    I’m a believer in people doing what they want to do or don’t want to and liking and not liking what they want so long as they’re not assholes about whatever choice they make 🙂

    I shared a pic of my running group yesterday. I did not post anything on donut day. Ja!!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 7:23 pm

      YES! Same. I’m not anti-global running day and if being anti-global running day makes me an asshole, then the next day needs to be anti-asshole day and I need to be tar and feathered.

  • Jen June 8, 2017, 4:39 pm

    I will celebrate the crap out of any kind of day they throw at me. Pie day? I’M MAKIN PIES. Cinnamon bun day? FEED ME ALL THE CINNAMON BUNS. May The Fourth?? STAR WARS MARATHON. I just take it for what it is. Which is mostly an excuse to eat something bc 98% of these days are about food and I love food. Did you know that on Global Running Day it was ALSO National Chocolate Ice Cream Day???? Yes. I ate ice cream.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 7:21 pm

      TOTALLY VALID, and I couldn’t agree more. It’s what we make of it! I still crave that damn Saskatoon berry pie since I ate the one you made me like what, 10 years ago? WAHHHHHHHH.

  • Suzlyfe June 8, 2017, 4:42 pm

    If people think I’m going to only talk about running on one day a year…. do they also think I’m only going to eat candy on Halloween? They might think Santa is real as well… They have more issues than we do. The labeling and sanctioning of days is just a cry for attention. Meanwhile, I’ll be over here, running and eating candy.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 7:20 pm

      Oooooh, I haven’t had candy in a long time. For some reason I’m craving really soft fudge brownies lately. And chips.

  • Meredith @ the cookie chrunicles June 8, 2017, 5:05 pm

    I agree that every day seems to be a national something day! A few years ago global rink g day fell on my birthday which felt pretty cool. Every day is running day for me!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 7:19 pm

      I declare tomorrow global naked day!

  • Allie June 8, 2017, 5:14 pm

    Oh.my.god I cannot love you anymore!!!!! Seriously, this is the post I wanted to write! I could not agree more or use any more exclamation points to show you how very much I agree!!! I DID NOT run on stupid effing “global running day” nonsense – I went for a swim because really? I refuse to celebrate any of these made up celebratory days of BS. Love this, love you.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 8, 2017, 7:18 pm

      We are rebels to the max.

  • Amy Lauren June 8, 2017, 7:50 pm

    I don’t like donuts so I didn’t celebrate that day. I did run yesterday but I run six days a week so that’s nothing new. If Global Running Day fell on a scheduled rest day, I would not run. I ran a 5K yesterday that was held in honor of the day, just seemed like a fun idea… but if you love something, it should be a part of your life every day (or something like running, most days because it’s A-OK to take breaks and things).

    I saw on my Timehop where one year I did yoga on running day instead!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 9, 2017, 6:16 am

      Well, yoga people are very anti-conflict so you surely raised some eyebrows that year! LOL just kidding.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile June 9, 2017, 1:49 am

    I think this is the only holiday I actually get excited about! Oh and the first time I heard about national drink wine day that made me happy. I think the strangest was when I heard about national foam rolling day a few weeks ago…like who comes up with this stuff?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 9, 2017, 6:16 am

      LISA!!!! HA HA HA HA! Are you serious?!?! National Foam Rolling Day?!?! HA HA I LOVE IT!!!!

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run June 9, 2017, 3:45 am

    I’m with Helly, celebrate/don’t celebrate whatever you want. I think I lifted on Running Day but I would have liked to run!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 9, 2017, 6:15 am

      Yeah, totally. I didn’t mean for my post to come across as anti-running day. I sounded kinda douchey, but oh well. I probably AM douchey sometimes.

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home June 9, 2017, 4:13 am

    Today’s National Strawberry Rhubarb day, but I suppose you’re skipping that one too. Sigh. Oh, wait, you’re Canadian…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 9, 2017, 6:15 am

      I saw that in your blog post today! Ha ha! I think Canadians would only celebrate the food days for the reason that we simply just get the munchies… 😉

  • Gretchen June 9, 2017, 5:03 am

    I feel the exact same about these holidays. All just made up for gift sales and making people feel bad if they don’t participate. We don’t really celebrate any holidays anymore and just try to make every day special!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 9, 2017, 6:14 am

      I love that attitude!

  • Heather @ HeatherRunsFast.com June 9, 2017, 9:30 am

    I told my husband on day one to never buy me flowers or make a reservation on Valentines Day. There are SO MANY stupid Holidays. I partake when I can but don’t go out of my way. I’m not supposed to run right now and for a hot minute I was bummed I couldn’t post a selfie of my time/distances, but if you know or follow me, you know I love running, and I don’t have to hastag globalrunningday to show that love sooooo ya. I’m with ya!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 10, 2017, 6:28 pm

      RIGHT?!?!?!?! Right.

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes June 9, 2017, 9:44 am

    I really only get excited about the actual holidays – Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Charlie Day – as for the ones like National Running Day, that’s cool and all for people who love it, but I don’t go out of my way for it. If I’m running that day, I’m running that day anyway, regardless of the holiday. I sometimes get an attitude of “you can’t tell me what to do” with these fluffy holiday I’ll have a donut and go for a run when I want to.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 10, 2017, 6:26 pm

      K, let’s eat donuts tomorrow, a whole lot of them, and then run afterward and not tell a soul.

  • molly rose June 9, 2017, 6:31 pm

    according to my psychoanalysis ….

    jk. and if Global Poo Day becomes a thing… I already have photos. I’ll be taking it a step further putting #tbt with it. I take selfies while on a toilet when I’m drunk All. The. Time.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 10, 2017, 6:25 pm

      You’ve dropped your phone in the toilet before too, yes? Or do you have incredibly good luck?

      See, I’d trust you, drunk on the loo, to give me a psychoanalysis before I’d trust anyone I’d be paying in a stuffy office setting, you know? You’d probably hit it spot on with a plop.

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets June 11, 2017, 7:33 am

    Why don’t you ever buy yourself flowers?

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com June 11, 2017, 2:39 pm

      That would be as boring to me as buying myself a box of unsalted saltine crackers. I don’t care about flowers.

  • Ana June 13, 2017, 9:16 am

    ja ja! I love your view of the holiday! The local running group had this awesome line ” Today is global running day, or as we runners call it, Wednesday”.

    I don’t care about any of the holidays, only if there is good sales on things I want… like the one time I got a free donut, without even knowing it was donut day!

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