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10 Fun Things To Know About The Month Of May

We have rounded up some important dates this month that every runner needs to mark on their calendar as the month begins.

May is the month dedicated to raising awareness of asthma, lupus and fibromyalgia. All of those diseases are inflammatory and can be exacerbated by diet. Visit an allergist and determine the cause of any odd or niggling symptoms.

May 1

Celebrate Lemonade Day by making a fresh (and healthy!) batch of this refreshing treat. YOU’LL NEED: 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 4 cups water and 1 Tbsp. stevia (or cup honey). Mix it up in a pitcher and serve over ice.

May 1-7

What better reason than National Wildflower Week to explore trails near you? These blossoms tend to be fleeting, so enjoy them while they last.

May 8

For some runners, No Socks Day is every day. But if going sockless isn’t for you, no-show options still help to prevent blisters and keep running shoes smelling fresh.

May 11

Did you know there is a National Foam Rolling Day? For a different type of self-massage, test out the new heated (in a microwave) MojiHeat Roller ($42, gomoji.com).

May 14

Instead of brunch on Mother’s Day, think about grabbing a post-run iced golden milk latte with your favorite mom(s)—be it yours, mom-friends or someone else’s mother!

May 15

So it’s Straw Hat Day…a favorite for gardening and the beach, these brims, and their inherent cool shade, are also gaining popularity with trail and ultrarunners like Magdalena Boulet and Caroline Boller.

May 23

Caitlyn Pilkington, WR’s own web editor, is celebrating World Crohn’s and Colitis Day. Caitlyn lives with ulcerative colitis and runs with Team Challenge in support of a cure.

May 27

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Head to Georgetown, Colo., to watch runners and their four-legged burro partners cover 8 miles on singletrack trails and dirt roads at the 14th Annual Historic Georgetown Railroad and Mining Days Pack Burro Race.

May 28

Beatles lovers who fly over the pond for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon and Half Marathon are rewarded with frosty pints and a sweaty stroll down Penny Lane.

May 29

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Memorial Day Weekend is ideal for fitting in an extra day of running or toeing the line at a race, like the Bolder Boulder 10K, the nation’s largest 10K event.