I’ve been doing the Runners World Run Streak this year. (If you follow me on facebook or twiter, you’ve heard about my adventures in getting it done.) I’ve never done it before. In fact, in previous streak attempts, I’ve never made it past 13 days.
Today I’m at Day 20 and there’s only one reason I’ve made it this far (and I fully intend to finish.)
I can run 5 times a week with no problem. But add in 2 more days and my body starts to complain. It really loves its rest days. REALLY loves them. So, I’ve taken two days a week and made them “rest runs”. I literally run 1-1.5 miles and I do it at a pace 1-2 minutes slower than my normal pace. That, combined with walking to make sure I get in at least 20 minutes of movement, has made streaking possible for me. Today may be the hardest day yet as the last half marathon really tore me up. Even the bottoms of my feet are sore.
I will not be continuing the streak past New Years. I don’t feel that running every day is necessary, nor do I feel it is best for *my* body. (Your body may be a different story.)
But what I have learned is that I have no excuse for not doing *something* every day. If I can find 15-20 minutes a day to get on my treadmill or head out the door, there is absolutely no reason I can’t do the same with my weights or my exercise bike or for a walk with my kids.
Are you doing the streak? How’s it going for you?