Runner’s World Run Streak Recap
Just typing “Runner’s World” into a title on my blog seems very strange to me. While I’ve been running for 22 months now, I still don’t feel like a runner. But I have to say, after participating in this challenge, I definitely feel more like one.
The idea of running every day was still foreign to me when I started this. I had started running with the Couch 2 5K program and then moved onto Bridge 2 10K. Both promote the rest days as a way to regroup and heal, and they are invaluable to a beginning runner.
But while I might not feel like a runner, I’m not a novice anymore. I might be slow, but my body has been doing this now for nearly two years. I realized that running a mile a day, every day, should be something I could do. And I was right. I kept up with the challenge and ran at least a mile, every single day, except for one: June 2, the day I put together our town’s 5K (although I am very sure I walked at least a mile that day).
Best things? Now running feels like a habit. There were a few days where I didn’t really want to get out of bed. It’s hot now, and the only time that makes sense to run is early in the mornings. There were times when I probably wouldn’t have gotten out of bed except that I didn’t want to break the streak. But now it feels normal to get out of bed and put on my running clothes and get a quick run in, even if it’s only a mile. I used to treat running like an event, not a real part of my every day life. Now it feels more like the routine.
Worst things? Laundry. Even after only a mile, my clothes are soaked. My laundry has been so full of tech ts and sports bras it’s not even funny. That, and my feet are a little uglier these days than they were before the streak. But if those are my biggest complaints I think I am doing well.
Here are my stats:
Week 1 mileage: 14.6 miles
Week 2 mileage: 12.3 miles
Week 3 mileage; 14.7 miles
Week 4 mileage: 18.5 miles
Week 5 Mileage: 14.6 miles
Week 6 Mileage (Sun-Thu): 12.97 miles
Total Streak Miles: 87.67 miles in 39 days
Average: 2.25 miles per day
I feel pretty good about it, especially considering I’ve also been attending bootcamp classes two or three times a week for this period too. On days where I was scheduled for bootcamp, I would get up at 5:30 or 6 and get in a quick mile and then still attend class later in the morning.
Here’s what this year looks like now in my RunKeeper Reports:
January looks pretty low because I wasn’t entering in treadmill runs into the system; I definitely logged more than that. But if you look, Feb/Mar/April all are pretty even. May ticks up with the better weather but June really blows it out of the park. Which is kind of amazing because I haven’t done any long runs; I was doing those on March and April. It just goes to show you that even a slowpoke like me, if I keep at it, can log some serious miles. Yay, me.
So I might still be in the back of the pack, but at least I feel more like a runner after this challenge. I’m definitely glad I participated in it, and proud to have completed it.