Last week, I decided to join the Runner’s World holiday streak, pledging (just mentally, of course, not in blood or anything like that) to run at least one mile a day from Thanksgiving day to New Year’s. So far, so good, and today I just finished up my 9th day in a row- wow!- power to the streak!!!
I’m no Mark Covert but even just these 9 days have been very interesting and I can say that I’m really learning from this commitment and hope to make it all 40 days. Here’s how its gone so far…
Day 1: 3.12 flat road miles, 9:29 pace
Day 2: 2 flat road miles, 09:18 pace
Day 3: 5.02 hilly trail miles,11:06 pace
Day 4: 1.08 flat road miles, 9:22 pace
Day 5: 3.61 flat road miles, 9:43 pace
Day 6: 1.01 hilly road miles, 10:21 pace
Day 7: 3 tempo treadmill miles, 8:49 pace
Day 8: 3.75 hilly trail miles, 10:05 pace
Day 9: 1.5 tempo treadmill miles, 09:09 pace
TOTAL: 24.09 miles in 9 days!
This streak is teaching me that it’s actually a LOT easier to know you are going to go for a run every single day than it is to plan to go just 3 or 4 days a week. Other than being hyper-aware that my Garmin and iPod are always charged, I haven’t really been thinking too much about where, when or how long I’ll go. I just trust I’ll run no matter what and figure the rest out when I get there- no advance planning needed. For someone like me, who plans every last second and detail of my life, that’s really freeing.
I’m also breaking out of my running rut- how weird is that?! Honestly, I was getting a bit bored with running but the past 9 days, I’ve gone somewhere different and that’s really a lot of fun. There are so many different trails here in the Bay Area and I want to try them all- I could never do a streak like this with the same routes over and over and over again. I really look forward to running someplace new. Every. Single. Day.
I am also learning that it FEELS GREAT! Surprisingly so! I thought I would be tired running day after day but, on other other hand, I’ve had a few really great, speedy runs in the middle of this streak and have noticed how easy it is for my legs to get going than it is with even just a couple days off. My muscles are getting tighter, so I’m having to stretch and roll a lot more but all that is just gravy and it is sure is paying off!
Now that the rainy season is upon us, my sense of adventure may be relegated to just running faster on the treadmill at the gym but that’s okay, I don’t mind too much. Running fast on the treadmill is really easy so I hope that my speed work (yeah, I know! ME doing speed work?!?!?! That’s the streak talking, I swear!) on the treadmill will result in some better skill on the road- with the combination of this streak and the arrival of Winter, I can actually commit to treadmill work! Something I NEVER thought I would say!
Are you participating in the Runner’s World run streak? How is it going? If not, you can get started anytime- GO FOR IT- and let me know how it goes! And fellow treadmill runners, any tips for me???
- Virtually Running (running4thereason.com)