LOLZLetter 73 | Events to Celebrate Global Running Day

Plus an Aftershokz Aeropex Headphone Giveaway

Welcome

This week's newsletter is shorter and talks about the first Wednesday in June. With both the worldly and United States events, I have a hard time writing about running right now. 

As I said on Instagram:

I’ve struggled with what to post. Not posting is not an option because even if you’re antiracist, sitting in silence allows racism to grow around you. ⁣⁣
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Silence supports racism and it’s up to you to learn how your life can knowingly or unknowingly support racism. Then up to you to take action. ⁣⁣
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Social media makes it easy to scroll and think “this doesn’t pertain to me...I am not racist”. It is not enough to think that. We most show and voice that. ⁣⁣
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It’s uncomfortable to think about, it’s uncomfortable to say. I’m constantly wondering what should I say? Did I say the wrong thing? What can I do? ⁣⁣
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Educate yourself and learn.⁣⁣
Listen. ⁣⁣
Use your voice. Your voice is powerful. ⁣⁣
Talk to loved ones, family members, friends, anyone...be vocal.⁣⁣
Donate. ⁣⁣(GQ wrote a helpful article). 
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Do something because while you might be antiracist, sitting in silence helps racism grow. ⁣#sayhisname#georgefloyd ⁣

A lot of powerful articles came out this week and I've linked to some at the bottom.  It's crucial to acknowledge white privilege and what is happening in the country. I wouldn't be able to push publish on the newsletter if I didn't. 


What is the first Wednesday in June, you might ask?

It's Global Running Day!

Celebrating Global Running Day looks different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate in new ways. Many brands and races have virtual events to still bring a sense of community. 

If You've never heard or participated: What is Global Running Day?

Easy: A day dedicated to running!

But for many runners, that is every day...

Global Running Day is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving. It reminds us of the positives running offers and how the sport creates a community.

Now, it's more important than ever that people stay healthy and active. Since most in-person events are canceled, it's vital to stay active and safe in a responsible way.  We all run for different reasons. Many people turn to running as their solution to keep up their wellbeing, cope with staying home, or even let go of anxiety.

Each year, Global Running Day has a theme.  This year's theme is: Run 1 Tag 1 social media challenge! Run 1 mile for someone that inspires them (or complete an at-home exercise) and tag a friend to do the same. Tag #Run1Tag1 and #GlobalRunningDay to celebrate and run across the globe together in a worldwide game of virtual tag.

Virtual Events:

NYRR Virtual Global Running Day 1M (Free)

Brooks Running Global Running Day 5k (Free)

F2R Global Running Day 5k ($25 includes medal and t-shirt)

Lululemon Virtual Global Running Day 5k (Free)

Trackshack: Global Running Day Virtual Run (Free, but you can purchase a t-shirt and Proceeds benefit the Track Shack Youth Foundation)

UCAN To Host “The Next Step Forward: The Future of Running” All-Star Event


Giveaway:

In honor of Global Running Day, I'll be giving away a pair of Aftershokz Aeropex Headphones.  I use Aftershokz headphones for all of my runs with music or podcasts. I've reviewed them here.

A few things I like about Aftershokz.  They are Bluetooth and have no wires, they go over your ear so you can hear your surroundings (but the sound quality is good), and they have 6-8 hours of battery life. 

To enter:

Share the newsletter to your platform of choice+share someone who inspires you in the running world (for the theme #run1tag1).

Make sure to tag me (Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook) , so I know you've entered. If you choose to forward an email, just CC me at fueledbylolz@gmail.com.


Articles:

Article: We Ran for Ahmaud Arbery. But What’s Next?

Article: 10 Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Runners Speak Out About Running and Race

Article: Kipchoge and Bekele to run in worldwide virtual relay marathon

Article: Johnny Gregorek Sets the Record for a Mile—Run in Blue Jeans

You can watch the entire world race here.

Article: The 2020 Boston Marathon is Canceled. We knew this was probably coming, but that doesn't make it any easier.

Article: Athing Mu Might America's Fastest Teenager 

Podcast: Ali on the Run with Shalane Flanagan.  It was fun to learn more about Shalane's NOW life, including coaching and being a new mother.

Podcast: Running While Black : A Conversation Around Race With Alison Desir-Activist (If you listen to one podcast, listen to this one). 

Podcast: For the Long Run Pod Scott Fauble: Remember the Fun 

Do Things that Make You Get Off Your Phone

Shoe Review: Nike Pegasus 37 Shoe Review

ChicknLegs Space Cats Shorts Review

One again, thank you to everyone who reads, shares, and subscribes.

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