SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: A competitor dressed as Spiderman runs over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during the Sydney Running Festival on September 16, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Happy National Run at Work Day!
Organized by the Road Runners Club of America, today is just what it sounds like -- a day to run to work, home from work, or even at work.
The goal of RUN@WORK Day and RUN@School Day, presented by the Road Runners Club of America, is to encourage adults and children to get 30-minutes of exercise each day, in accordance with the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, either before work/school, during lunch, or immediately following work/school. RUN@WORK Day also encourages companies to help employees schedule time for physical activity. Incorporating exercise into one's daily routine can markedly improve one's overall physical health.
Speaking from experience, a run during your lunch makes for a nice break from work.
Remember Jason McElwain, the basketball player with autism -- better known as J-Mac -- who became famous for this video six years ago?
Now he has a new goal: completing the Rochester Marathon on Sunday.
"I woke up one morning about a year ago and thought to myself, ‘I need something more competitive than working behind the bricks at Wegmans,' " said McElwain, who is a part-time baker at the Latta Road store.
He's aiming for a time in the low three-hours.
After Bernard Lagat competes Saturday in the Fifth Avenue Mile, he plans to do something that would feel completely foreign to many elite runners: He will toss his sneakers in a closet and pig out for the next five weeks. No running. No sit-ups. No heavy lifting, except for a fork.