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:
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!!