Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 2

Runner's World Holiday Running Streak, Christmas Tree

My Christmas tree!

It’s alive!!! I’ve made it through two weeks of the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

In Week 1 I did 20.15 miles. This week I topped that by 3.56 miles. My plan is to use this streak as a base for some super fast personal record attempts in the Spring.

And it’s all going according to plan, mwah ha ha ha.

I started Week 2 feeling a bit worn down. Wednesday and Thursday took every drop of mental fortitude I had. My body and my mind just didn’t want to run. The bloom and excitement of starting the streak had worn off. I think my body started feeling the effects of running every day. But then I got my groove and finished the week strong.

Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 2

Wednesday, Dec. 4: 1.00 mile

I was just inexplicably tired. I logged precisely 1-mile with my dog. I mapped it out before hand and stopped the second I crossed the 1-mile mark. Sometimes a girl needs a break.

Thursday, Dec. 5: 5.32 miles

I planned a 5-mile workout. Every ounce of me wanted to quit at 3 miles. I was on the treadmill and I just wasn’t feeling it. The seconds were crawling by. But I made myself finish.

Friday, Dec. 6: 1.11 miles

I actually felt great. I had just 10 minutes to run, so hopped on the treadmill and banged out 1.11 miles. I had a gig with my band that night, so I needed to save my energy for the stage. Yes, I’m in an ’80s cover band. Check out my list of my favorite ’80s tunes for running.

Saturday, Dec. 7: 5.40 miles

I ran this as a progression run. Love those.

Runner's World Holiday Running Streak, Christmas Tree

The tree at Rockefeller Center.

Sunday, Dec. 8: 3.77 miles

Cue the “Chariots of Fire” theme song. That’s how this run felt. I could have kept going and going and going.

But my husband and I had plans for the day, so time was short. I made the most of it.

My GPS watch, Motorola’s MOTOACTV, is also an MP3 player. So it whispers little training bon mots in my ear as I run. For the first time in 1.5 years, my GPS watch said: “Don’t run hard two days in a row. Your body needs rest to recover stronger.” Ha!

After our workout, we checked out the tree in New York City’s Rockefeller Center, killed a few hours at the Museum of Modern Art, and, finally, bought and trimmed our own Christmas tree.

Monday, Dec. 9: 6.09 miles

I planned a 60-minute workout, and once again almost quit at 3 miles. That seems to be a threshold for me. I grabbed some water, took a 30-second walk break, and then got back at it. Soon, I got a second wind and finished with two fast miles. It’s funny how you have peaks and valleys within a workout. It just goes to show that it ain’t over til it’s over.

Tuesday, Dec. 10: 1.02 miles

After three back-to-back-to-back workouts, it was time for a break. I ran a very easy 1.02 miles. Week 2 out!

Week 2 Total: 23.71  miles

Two weeks down and three weeks to go…


Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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