Today is Global Running Day, a day for people around the world to celebrate the joys of running. All day, #GlobalRunningDay has been trending on Twitter, with thousands of people pledging to run. At the time that I’m writing this, more than 2.4 million people (myself included) have pledged to run through the Global Running Day website. Your run doesn’t need to be long or challenging. The day is meant for people to share their passion for running and inspire others to get moving.
To celebrate, I ran to and from the gym. It was probably no more than 1K total, but today was not a running day. I forgot about Global Running Day, so I had to improvise. It’s also miserable in London today – windy, cold, a bit drizzly. Not exactly inspiring running weather.
BUT there has never been a better time than today to share this picture:
Yes, that is a running shoe made of plants. Last week, I had the great fortune to be invited to an event at the Chelsea Flower Show. While all the displays were absolute works of art, the one I loved most was the display called One Small Step created by the Birmingham City Council. Their display celebrated the work of Birmingham’s Willard Wigan and grass root sport in Birmingham. Using Willard’s artwork as inspiration, the display’s goal was to encourage everyone to take one small step to become more active – which is exactly what Global Running Day is all about too! See what I did there?
Among the different sports featured like boxing, cricket and tennis there was also the giant shoe, representing Park Runs, which are active in a number of Birmingham Parks, as well as the numerous Couch to 5K training packages offered free as part of the Active Parks Programme. This was definitely the display that caught my attention. Sorry 2016 Plant of the Year…
Happy Global Running Day all! Hope you got out there for some miles today.