Feb | 28

The Great Debate: To Run or Not to Run on Leap Day?

Leap Day has arrived, runners! It’s the day that only happens once every four years, and depending on who you are, it can be a bonus day to log miles or a surprise rest day. Two Brooks employees go head-to-head in this great debate to tackle the pros and cons of lacing up and going for a run or taking a rest day so you can get back to the run in March!

Seize the miles, runners! Go for a run.

Melissa Thompson, Social Media Coordinator for Brooks Running

Running for me is cheaper than therapy. No really, I mean it. I see each run as an opportunity to think, explore, create or stride out a bad day. So when it occurred to me that Feburary 29th only happens every four years, my immediate reaction was “carpe diem, runners!” That’s right, seize the miles!

This day, next year won’t exist. Pause on that for second. You were just given an extra day to lace up, and I think we can all agree that with a little more time in the day more run happy miles would definitely be on the agenda. Think of this day as your “make-up” for all the miles you had good intention of getting in, but couldn’t. Or, look at today as an extra gift! Take it in stride, it doesn’t matter if it’s two miles or 10. Those are miles you you won’t have another opportunity to celebrate again for four years. Oh and after you lace up, go grab a post-run brew too! I mean, let’s be honest, you won’t be able to use that as a reward for another four years either.

Celebrate something new. You’re a runner every day of the year!

Lauren Boriotti, Social Media Specialist for Brooks Running

You know that moment when you sign-up for a particular number of fitness classes at a new studio and find out they threw in an extra class in for free? That’s how I feel when I realize it’s a leap year. Every four years, we’re given another day to get one more thing done, fit in that extra class, and for me… try something new. I count Leap Day as my “freebie” day. I have an entire year, or 365 days, to complete my daily tasks, get in my work out and work on my list of things I need to get done that year. If I can be good about running every other day of the year that I should, then Leap Day is my day to celebrate that accomplishment and rest up for another run.

Rather than count Leap Day as another day to get another task checked, I plan to entirely focus on things I might never plan to do any other “average” day in the year. Perhaps I will try out a “sip and paint” class, bake that Oreo cake I found on Pinterest or test out just about any hobby I don’t have time to try on just any day of the year. Leap Day is a day to try new things, eat that extra piece of cake, relax and celebrate 366 days of 2016, and 365 other days of running.

Your turn to chime in, runners. Will you run today or not? Let us know in the comments.

About Melissa
In my past life, I was a collegiate runner. Now, I happily run in Brooks Ravennas or Ghosts. If all my running shoes were turquoise in color, I would not complain.
  • brooksblog

    Hey Mark,

    Sorry you won’t be able to get your run in today! The good news: There’s always tomorrow! And, next year, you won’t have to worry about getting a run in on Leap Day. Run Happy!

  • TheRunnerDad

    No run, no fun. I’ll be hitting up the Alter-G at physical therapy today…% of a run is better than no run at all!