I’m a runner; it says so on my business card.
Okay, not yet. But it will when I get new cards made. Think about it. You are reading this in my blog titled “Road Dog Runner.” And June 2 is National Running Day…so you can believe I was feelin’ a lit-tle pressure to deliver on the day.
Something really cool. NOT gonna happen. Three days with a busier than normal tour schedule had left me with enough unread email to choke a horse…assuming horses ate email. I had phone calls to return, new tunes to learn for our upcoming Nashville Rising flood relief concert, and photographs to edit.
I hit the ground running, so to speak, eating breakfast with one hand and typing away on my laptop with the other…and I didn’t stop but for a quick three-miler before tonight’s show.
I almost felt like I’d missed our runners’ day of days.
As I reflect back on the day, though, I realize that my first phone call was to my father – my first runnin’ buddy. My emails varied from Team McGraw runners looking for coaching advice to newbies looking to join our program in pursuit of their first marathon. I got Facebooked by a friend that had faded away for many years…only to resurface with a pair of running shoes, a personal trainer’s credentials, and a couple of running friends in tow.
I touched base with two pals with whom I’ll grab an easy “let’s catch up” run tomorrow morning on my way through their state, and I made plans to visit my friends with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons the following day in yet another.
And my “jammed in” three-miler was a shared event including five of my band buddies and “the man in the hat”…though he wasn’t “cowboy-ed up” for today’s run. I hear those boots are hell to run in, anyway.
I guess National Running Day received its due recognition after all. My family, my friends, my music all felt a little nudge today by virtue of running. I got my three miles in, shared it with friends, and touched a few others that have left lasting imprints. in part, with their running shoes.
A good day…and it’s done. Of course, I had to blog about something on National Running day, so I sit here now in the front of the bus, typing away, as one of the boys grabs the remote to find a movie worth watching…
Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman. Turn it up, please…