And on the 62nd day…

Here are some of the things on my agenda today:

Finish drinking this giant coffee.

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Order this for lunch at my favorite spot.

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Hang out with this girl.

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Notice something is missing??

Since November 24, 2013 I ran every single day for a total of just over 280 miles. I ran through holidays, through hangovers, and through a nasty bout of food poisoning. I ran on pavement, trail, and treadmill. I ran in my skinny jeans. I ran in 4 races and placed in 2 of them. I ran my fastest mile, my fastest 5K, my fastest 10K, and my fastest half. I ran through all kinds of various body aches, but on Tuesday I noticed that I have a new little nagging pain in my ankle. It’s not bad and it doesn’t even hurt right now as I’m typing this, but something is different about it enough that I decided yesterday would be the last day of my Streak. I desperately need a real rest day. Then like a perfect end to my Streaking story, I finished my treadmill 10K and one of my big toenails partially cracked and fell off. I have a picture of that too, but I’ll spare you the gory details.

Then my perfect end got even more perfect because I arrived home last night to a mystery box on my doorstep. I couldn’t remember buying anything. I tore into the package and discovered that someone had sent me the most appropriate-for-me gift of all time:

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I had already planned on celebratory wine and what better way to enjoy it?? For about 15 minutes I was totally confused about where it had come from and texted my husband and mom to see if they had ordered me this amazing glass, but before either of them responded a light bulb went off in my head. It’s from HELLY! Seriously…what kind of amazing friend – who obviously knows me so well – is she?? My life is better with her in it.

It says “Always Earned, Never Given”. The trophy at the end of my Streak.

Today I didn’t pack my running shoes with me for the first time in 2 months. It feels weird, but SO necessary. I’m looking forward to actually sitting down in a restaurant for the first time in a long time and enjoying my entire lunch break today. I did my hair this morning with a smile knowing that it will still look good at the end of the day because I won’t sweat all over it. This weekend I’m running, but today resting is going to be awesome. 🙂

~ Salt

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I’m feelin’ so fly like a…B3…

Hello there, song reference that few people are likely to get. Anyway, I do feel pretty darn fly and it’s because as of yesterday I’m all signed up to do something SUPER. FUN.

I’m running in the B3 Distance Challenge!!

What’s the B3 exactly? It’s 21.3 miles of pure Charm City running awesomeness — complete with picturesque harbor views and probably a green beer at some point — spread out over three races in the months of March, April, and muggy August: Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, Sole of the City 10K, and a race that I so desperately wanted to do last year, (but wasn’t sure if I could handle the distance yet) the Charles Street 12. All three of these races are hosted by Charm City Run which I consider to be the coolest running store on the planet. I knew I was going to run in Chuck 12 this year and I had my eye on SotC, but when B3 was introduced I thought, “I need 14 races this year to hit my goal so why not do that 5K too?”

Well the “why not” was originally the price. The 12-miler is expensive by itself right now and so is the 10K with the premium. So the big price tag on B3 made sense when you factored in the 5K. Plus the fact that all of these events have post-race celebrations (green beer?), Chuck 12 has transportation because it’s an awkward point-to-point, an extra cool premium from the race series and a badass finisher’s medal for completing all three. I understood as much as one can understand why races cost so much. I just didn’t know if I could make it happen.

But today I DID with a little luck and a Google search that yielded me a Living Social deal for 26% off entry to B3!! THIS I could manage. I didn’t even give it a second thought and I’m glad I didn’t because by the time I got home in the evening, the deal had sold out.

As much as I wish I was in Florida right now taking on one of their running challenges, I’m so looking forward to one of my own right here in my hometown. Baltimore is such a fun place to run!

Streak Update: It’s DAY 48 and I’m feeling pretty good despite the fact that I’ve been dealing with some kind of reaction to a new protein shake I drank after my run yesterday afternoon. I’m supposed to be reviewing the product, but let’s just say…it would be hilarious, but they really don’t want my review. Today may be slow going, but I’m still going to get in my mile (high-waisted 70’s bell bottoms and zebra flats!). Yesterday I finally got to run outside for the first time in a week and it was wonderful. One of those runs that reminds me how much I absolutely LOVE doing this.

I hope everyone has a phenomenal weekend!

Have you run a race series before? Would you want to? Do you know that weird song from my post title?

It’s been in my head ever since I wrote this. I might need to download it to my playlist.

~ Salt

The Streak Goes On!

Well Christmas is officially behind us and it made a half marathon seem like a piece of cake. EXHAUSTING! I hope that everyone who has been celebrating over the past couple days has been having a wonderful time! The best part for me was definitely watching my daughter open her presents on Christmas morning.

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Not even 2 years old and already has her own Benz. What a baller.

Throughout this holiday madness/fun my best Helly and I have been keeping up with our streaks and today it’s STREAK PARTY TIME again! As if we all haven’t been doing enough partying over the past few days.

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If you have read any of my other recaps, you might recall me being all “OMG this run streak is so great and easy and just the best thing I’ve ever done”. Well Week 4 took a little bit of a toll and I’m not trying to be a Pointy McFingerpointer or anything, but I’m looking at you, Saturday long run.

Here’s a little recap of what I’ve been up to over the past week:

  • December 19: I decide to take to the streets for the first outside run I’ve done around my work in awhile. The sidewalks are still a little icy in patches, but I finish my 5 miles strong. This is the day when I will go nuclear upon my return to the office when I realize someone has stolen all my milk.*
  • December 20: Fridays have quickly become my Wear An Inappropriate Streaking Outfit Day. Last week it was skinny jeans. This week I’m going to a Christmas party so I show up at the gym in the outfit pictured below. I do swap out my boots for my running shoes, but the pearls obviously stay on.

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  • December 21: Saturday Long Run. I decide to take advantage of the “warm” weather that has moved into the area and go for my longest run yet (if only by like .4 miles). I finish up 14 miles feeling fantastic. This feeling will be relatively short lived.
  • December 22: I stop by the gym to run 1 mile before heading to my yoga class where thankfully our regular Sunday instructor has returned. She informs us that she heard we did a lot of arm work the previous week while she was away and so this week we are going to do LOTS OF LEGS. I almost start to cry.
  • December 23: It’s raining and I don’t even feel like dealing with it. I run 7 ugly-feeling miles on the treadmill and decide that I’m not loving this whole Streak thing very much right now.
  • December 24: Speed day, my hip hurts, and I’m feeling like a total Debbie Downer. I pull it together for my usual 5 miles of 800m repeats and then practically limp my way out of the gym. Later in the evening, my husband and I exchange our gifts and he surprises me with NEW YURBUDS! Maybe it’s the delicious martinis I’ve been slugging back, but suddenly I’m not in as much pain anymore and I can’t wait to go running tomorrow. Funny how things can change in an instant.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY: I had only planned to do 1 mile, but I really want to break in my new headphones. I put on a silly pair of Christmas socks, throw together a playlist of some of my favorite Christmas tunes and head out for 5 miles because running more miles is definitely what you should do every time you’ve been in pain for a couple days. I know…I’m kind of an idiot, but guess what? It was fun! There were lots of people out and about for me to wave to and smile at. I could tell everyone really liked my socks. I mean, how could you not?

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  • December 26: Usually I would be posting the Streak Recap, but instead I will be chasing my toddler around all day which is a workout in itself. I get outside for a 10K run before my husband goes to work, making sure to start off slow and take my time. I realize later that Santa has brought me a slightly belated Christmas gift…the beginnings of Runner’s Toe. It’s funny how whatever feelings of disgust I might have had in the past about my toenail starting to turn black have been replaced by a feeling of pride.

Total Streak Mileage So Far: 147 miles and change.

I AM SO EXCITED THAT IT’S A REST DAY. I plan to run my 1 mile on the treadmill so slowly that I will practically be walking. Today marks the 34th day of my personal Streak and I have decided to keep going until I hit 52 days for a couple of reasons:

1) 50 would have gotten me to a Sunday, which is normally a rest day. I already run on Mondays and Tuesdays and I’m not going to stop at 49 because that would just be crazy.

2) 52 happens to be one of my lucky numbers, so it all works out for the best anyway!

Are you still Streaking? We want to hear about it! Link up with Helly and me and we can keep each other company!

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* Milk Story Update: I FOUND OUT WHO TOOK IT! It was a good friend of mine who used it by accident and also just so happened to not be here when I freaked out (but heard all about it…I think I’m infamous at this point). She feels so terrible about it and wants to replace my milk. I’m not even mad anymore, but I think it’s pretty awesome that she fessed up. 🙂