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:

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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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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!

Click here to join the Streak Party with Helly & Salt!

* 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. 🙂

Merry merry, everyone!

It’s Christmas Eve!! I am very much looking forward to drinking some of these and eating some of these while watching this as I curse my way through putting together this for my little Monet. Then completely unplugging tomorrow, opening presents with my girl, and spending time with family. (And working my run streak mile in there somewhere of course. Can you believe there is essentially only one more week left!?)

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate, I hope your day tomorrow is spectacular. I am very much looking forward to seeing what Santa brought all you runners! My wallet? Not so much.

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The Official Salt Family Holiday Card! Edited of course.
They went out in the mail with our real names.