December Running Streak Recap

Happy new year everyone! I love New Year’s because everyone is hopeful for what the new year will bring and setting resolutions is a good thing (if they are realistic and you stick with them). I wanted to give a recap of my December Running Streak.

This was initiated by Lethbridge local running store Runner’s Soul. The gist of it was to run a minimum of a mile everyday for the month of December.  At the beginning of the run I wanted to do more than the 1 mile minimum but around the holidays time fitting it in that one mile took A LOT of effort.

I had thought the run would be all indoor runs because I have always said I don’t run outside when it’s cold but the weather was unseasonably warm this month and I somehow grew a pair and started bundling up and getting out!

WEEK 1

I missed Day 1 but hit Day 2 with a 4-miler. Like I said, I originally wanted to do more than the minimum one mile but life gets in the way and I found myself on a Friday night running in the dark after a three hour study session. I had what I thought was a 10k race wind up being a 5k too! Ha ha! I need to read the literature more.

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WEEK 2

In Week 2 I found myself thinking 1 mile was a “lazy day” whereas before a mile seemed like a loooooong time. The weather was so nice that on one day I went out in just a hoodie!

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WEEK 3

After two weeks of warm weather running the weather turned cold and I took my running indoors. I had finals and a visiting sister so fitting in a mile a day was all I could pull off. This was a test of my dedication because we went to Canmore for the weekend and I forgot my running shoes which forced me to run barefoot on the hotel treadmill.

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WEEK 4

This was the week I grew a pair. The weather was cold, REAL cold and Leilani was in the spare room with the treadmill forcing me to get outside even in -13C & -17C!!! At this point I was on vacation and between travelling, family, and get-togethers squeezing in that 1 mile was a real struggle. I almost broke the streak on December 26 but luckily my little brother Ben forced me to get out and do it.

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WEEK 5

Doing my one mile after BodyPump, BodyAttack, and Step were a struggle. Lol. That’s kind of the theme I guess. It seems fitting that I missed the last day since I missed the first. :/ Between driving 10 hours by myself with no scenery and being super bored paired with the rib feast my brother and sister in-law had ready for me when I arrived, I called it on finishing my streak. I’m not perfect! What can I say?

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THOUGHTS

This streak taught me a ton about energy, running, and myself.

ENERGY- First off, remember how I was talking about low energy levels with all the PE classes mixed with work and studying and classes? Running that mile a day kept my mental energy levels much higher. I would come home and have the energy to clean, do laundry, and homework.

RUNNING– A mile became “lazy” and “easy” during this challenge which was amazing as I have always said that I’m a sprinter not a distance runner. I also somehow became the person who ran outside in the cold! The dogs were a big reason for this because the look so excited when they see me put on my shoes they look at me with so much hope in their eyes that I turned many planned treadmill runs into outdoor runs with the boys.

MYSELF- I can be a distance runner! If I train and stay consistent I can make this happen. I’ve learned that I can handle running in the cold which I never thought I could. I can stick to something and make it happen no matter how busy or tired- I can do anything you guys!! 

Will I do a run streak again? Absolutely- in December? Mmmmm….. we’ll find out next year!

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