Yesterday in the United States was dubbed as “National Running Day”. Posts on social media clamored for people to go out and run. People were compelled to go run “for something or someone”, to run 1 mile to 100 miles, to just get moving.
And so they did.
There was a plethora of folks running. My twitter feed and Facebook timeline were awash with posts about how folks went out for a run to celebrate the day. People posted photos of race-like bibs with “I’m running for _____” printed on them. People shared comments about group runs, runs with dogs and trail runs.
I’m thinking that there was at least an incremental increase in the number of runners yesterday across the country.
So I’m proud to announce (with the full blessing of me, myself and I) that today – and all June 5th henceforth – shall be known as “National DOMS Day”.
Inquiring minds may question the definition of DOMS. But trust me…if you’ve ever had it, you’d know it. Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Ya know – the sometimes intense pain in muscles after an intense bout of working out. For some, it’s intense pain after any sort of movement at all.
By announcing the establishment of this new national holiday, I’m honoring all those out-of-shape, non-exercising couch potatoes who were motivated by yesterday’s holiday to get off their keester and go outside and run. They may have only run 100 feet. Some surely went out and ran five miles waaaay too fast. Bottom line, those folks will find descending staircases slightly more difficult and painful today. They will experience heavy legs, fatigue, and soreness. All by-products of their celebratory runs yesterday.
So live large today! Get a massage. Wear some compression sleeves. Complain a lot. Have a GREAT National DOMS Day!