National Running Day: Why I Run #Team Nakamura Edition

I’m linking up with Jonesin’ for a Run to answer some questions about my running to celebrate National Running Day.  Now to see how my answers in 2016 compare to last year. And this year Sean will also be answering.  Ready? Set? Go!!

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Happy National Running Day! I’m planning 2 runs for today, #Runch with Smitha & the SoCal MRTT group & then another with Sean after work.  What are you doing to celebrate?

Potato Chip Rock, Mount Woodson Trail, San Diego, Altra Running, Procompression, orange mud, running4thosewhocant, lululemon

Feel free to play along and answer any of the questions in the comments.  I’d love to hear your answers.

Why do you run?

Jenny: Easy answer, it makes me happy.  Running has brought so many amazing people into my life and allowed me to go to so many amazing places.

Sean: I like the way it feels.  I like who I am because of running. I run as a lifestyle.  I enjoy the simplicity of running, the tranquility, the freedom that comes with running.  I race for the challenge and to see what I’m capable of and to prove to myself that anything is possible.  Running is my religion, my stress release, a way to quiet my mind, a way to connect with nature and is a very cleansing experience.  I could talk about my love for running for days.

How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day?

J: Well, interestingly enough, National Running Day, June 1 is also Sean’s 2000th day of his run streak so I imagine we’ll definitely be running 😉 and celebrating his streak.

S: Well it’s my 2000th day of my running streak so I’ll be running with some friends.

How many miles have you run so far this year? Do you have a mileage goal for the year

J: Let’s see, as of yesterday I’m at 670 miles for the year.  I ran 1269 last year and I have a goal of 1,500 this year.

S: 1,177.10 miles and I think it would be pretty cool to hit 3,000 miles but it’s not a critical goal.

What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year?

J: I’ve already run a bunch of races this year.  For the rest of the year, I’ve got 3 half marathons, 2 marathons, including running the New York City Marathon with the James Blake Foundation for my brother in law David.  You can donate here.  I’ve also got my first 100k in October and I’m on the waitlist for my first 50 mile mountain race as well.

S:  On the ultra side, I’ve got San Diego 100 on this Friday, Santa Barbara 100, TRT 100, AC 100, UTMB 170k, Tahoe 200, Cuyamaca 100k.  On the road side, San Diego Rock n’ Roll this weekend, Vancouver USA, New York City Marathon, Revel Canyon City.

Before I leave for a run I must have:

J: Chapstick, sunglasses & a hat.  If I’m running long, I’ll add in a bottle with Carbo-Pro & Ultima to get in some calories.

S: My shoes!

Do you track your runs?  If so what do you use?

J: I normally use my Garmin and then sync it to my Nike+ account because I’ve been tracking runs there for years.

S: Yes, typically on my iPhone and I use Runmeter Elite from Abvio and sometimes a Garmin

Who is your favorite running partner?

My favorite running partner

J: Sean of course!! We’ve had so many awesome running adventures.  But I also enjoy my runches with Smitha.

S: My love!

Whoo's in El Moro 25k

What races have you run so far this year?

J: Too many to write here lol.  You can see all my 2016 race recaps here. This year in addition to running in California, we’ve ran in Florida & Arizona as well.

S: San Diego 50 mile, Coldwater Rumble 100, Sean O’Brien 100k, LA Marathon, Gasparilla Half Marathon, San Diego Half Marathon, Old West 50k, Carlsbad 5000, Zion 100, Leona Divide 50 mile, La Jolla Half Marathon, Whoo’s in El Moro 50k, PCT 50 mile, Nanny Goat 100.

If you have to give someone one piece of advice about running, what would it be?

J: It’s never easy but it does get easier and more fun so definitely stick with it! And don’t ever compare yourself to anyone else, run your own race!

S: Listen to your body.

Describe your relationship with running in one word:



S: Zen

I want to know why you run and what you are doing to celebrate Global Running Day? Tell me in the comments below.