From the ranks of “obscure celebrations in the world,” November 20th is national Hug A Runner Day (H.A.R.D.). This is an opportunity to express appreciation to the pavement pounders and trail runners of this world. If you know a runner, this is your day to give ’em a big hug; if there is a runner you’d like to get to know, consider this your invitation to introduce yourself with open arms.
For those individuals striving for peak performance, Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, official founders of national H.A.R.D. and authors of Running the Edge, offer the history of H.A.R.D., along with a handy training guide for optimal hugging. (I am partial to “interval hugging” and “Hug visualization”: CLICK HERE for the guide.
Check it out; wrap your arms around your favorite runner, and Go H.A.R.D.!