The streak may have wrapped up, but I’m still going and going and going…

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YOU GUYS. THE STREAK IS OVER. I can’t believe this day has actually come. (And gone by this point…it is January 3rd after all.) Back at the end of November, this Streak seemed like such a daunting task to a relative newbie like myself. I felt encouraged by others to try it – actually I think it was Lindsay that really got me on board with it! – but still didn’t know that I would make it all the way through. And now here I am on my personal streak day 41 (!!!!) with no plans to stop just yet. I was going to stop at 52, but even the thought of that makes me feel a little sad. I’ve worked hard to get to this point. I enjoy running in my ridiculous outfits on Fridays and I’m sure the people at the gym enjoy them too. So what if I just kept going?

Then again with my marathon training starting soon, I should probably take a legit rest day here and there. I feel pretty great, but I also feel a little like I’ve been running every day for 41 days.

Anyway, here’s a recap of how my final official week of the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak went:

  • December 27: (I have holiday-induced amnesia and just had to think extra hard about what I did that day.) I end up running 2 miles on the treadmill in my civilian clothes instead of the 1 I had planned. My outfit is not so weird that I get my usual side-eye from gym patrons and employees. These 2 miles push me to 40 MILES IN ONE WEEK which is my highest mileage in a week ever!
  • December 28: It’s my long run and I oversleep. Originally I wanted to go for 10, then I decided the previous night to do 9 and take my time with it. Then my bed is super warm and comfortable and I lay around too long before realizing that I will have to haul ass to get 9 miles in. I do it in 1:09:05. Every single mile in under 8 minutes which I have never done before. I guess sometimes it’s kind of cool to be pressed for time.
  • December 29: I went out with a friend on Saturday night and wake up with a gnarly headache from too many celebratory Irish coffees. The slow treadmill mile I run at the gym actually makes me feel a little better somehow even if I felt like I was going to fall off it for the first half mile. I head to hot yoga feeling a little less gross.
  • December 30: 6.2 miles outside. FINALLY all the sidewalks are clear on my usual route and I’m excited to get back out there. I start off by running my fastest 5k ever (21:37!) and then my arms and legs practically fall off for the entire second half of my run. Oh well. Looks like I can skip speed training tomorrow!
  • December 31: Usually I do 5 miles of speed work, but instead I opt for 6 miles of easy hill intervals on the treadmill since I got my fast on the day before.
  • January 1!!! I run in my first race of the year, the Resolution Run, and while I don’t PR (I don’t see how anyone could on that course), I do have a good race and finish 3rd in my age group and 7th overall. What a fantastic way to start the New Year!
  • January 2: Since everything has melted around here, I think it might be a good time to check out the trail before we get another wallop of winter weather. It’s cold and peaceful and I can feel the impending snow in the air. I almost roll my ankle stepping in someone’s bike tracks, but it’s a good run and pretty fast when I really don’t mean for it to be. Sometimes I feel like I only have two speeds: standing still and race pace.

Total Streak Mileage: 180 miles and change. Not too shabby. 🙂

Looking outside today, I’m so glad I got that trail run in because there’s no way I’m going to be able to get back out there for at least another week or two. We got about 7″ of fresh snow last night and the low temps are sure to keep it frozen solid up there for a little while. Did I mention I need Yaktrax?

Once upon a time there was a runner named Salt who shuddered (shivered?) at the thought of running when it was 20 degrees outside. My how times have changed. 20 degrees would feel amazing right about now. Here’s the outlook for tomorrow’s long run:

9degrees

Who has two thumbs and will be hitting the treadmill in the morning? I know it’s much colder than this where some of you are and I bow down to you. As much as I really want to achieve the frozen eyelashes look at some point, I just can’t do it this time. It’s only the beginning of January and I’m sure I’ll get more chances.

If you were streaking, how did the rest of it go? Are you done? What is the weather like where you are? Have your eyelashes ever frozen? (I think that looks so cool!)

I hope everyone has a great weekend and STAY WARM!!

~ Salt

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14 thoughts on “The streak may have wrapped up, but I’m still going and going and going…

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thanks! It should be okay. The treadmills are in a movie theater so I should be good to go unless something crappy is playing. I should have checked on that before I left the gym earlier!

  1. Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom says:

    Surprisingly, running makes me feel better when I’m hungover, too. Gets everything moving and the sweating out the alcohol is an absolute perk. One time, I came home from a run (post-night out) and just reeked of beer from the night before. I felt better, though, 😉 Congratulations on the streak! I’m in Chicago and it’s frozen here…tried for 9 miles in this 0 degree weather..only got 4 (and they were slow because we had snow dumped on us NYE until yesterday). Cannot wait to go home to Florida!

    • runsaltrun says:

      Thank you so much! Good lord I wouldn’t even have made it 4 miles in Chicago-cold! I believe I’m going to Florida for a week next month and you better believe I will be running every single day while I’m there!

  2. Andrea says:

    Congrats! That is an awesome streak! I’ve had my eyelashes freeze a few times and I’m always proud that I made it out on those days. I do set my cold weather running limit at about 15 degrees though!

  3. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven says:

    Girl – it’s freezing here. Like, tried to pick up the recycling bin outside after work and wanted to cry before I got in the door cold so I totally feel you on wanting to go to the treadmill instead of the pavement! Congrats on your streak!!!! Well done!

  4. kristenk says:

    Your run streak is going so well! That’s seriously some awesome milage! And I’m with you on the treadmill today – it’s so cold and icy outside right now that I should definitely not be out on the roads. My eyelashes did freeze once during a valentine’s day 5k and it’s really not as cool as it looks 😛

  5. txa1265 says:

    Great job on the streak!

    I was looking at my TimeHop this morning and saw my Facebook post from last year marking day 55 of my streak … and I also kept going. But I was extra stupid – because I did >5 miles every day, so by the time I quit my body really needed the rest.

    I did go out and run in the snow, and got in plenty of shoveling. Today was a rest day (well, other than shoveling), but tomorrow I’m back out!

    Though I have to say that your ‘crazy outfit running days’ have been very entertaining! 🙂

  6. Anita says:

    Impressive Streak mileage! I’ve been sticking with the treadmill, -40C with the windchill just doesn’t motivate me at all and the holidays were the perfect excuse to sleep in. January is already kicking my butt back into shape.:)

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