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 race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


12 2013

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  1. 1

    Yay! Go you! I had an incredibly sluggish week, which considering I’m only a few weeks away from Dopey is a little frustrating, but like you said, peaks and valleys!

    Good job keeping up the streak!
    Danielle recently posted..Dopey Challenge: The Angry Corral RantMy Profile

  2. 3

    Those Chariots of Fire runs are the best!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted..Weekly Recap, Pancakes & KefirMy Profile

  3. 5

    Yay! I am happy for you! I have gone through a similar happy feeling this week in my return to running, so I know how you feel! It is nice to read about someone else going through a similar situation! Hope it continues to go well :)
    Tina Muir recently posted..Training Update 12/8-12/14My Profile

  4. 7

    Congratulations! I really was interested in doing my first streak this year, but my ankle is still iffy, but I love getting the vicarious pleasure of hearing the specifics of others’ running streaks, so thanks for sharing.
    Diann_D recently posted..The Wisdom of Fear and ResistanceMy Profile

  5. 9

    You’re doing well. I’m dreaming of getting back to even a one-week runstreak. Next time your MOTOACTV nags you about resting tell her that’s what sleeping is for.
    Ewen recently posted..What difference does mileage make?My Profile

  6. 11

    Great job sticking with this streak. At this point I’m just ready for Disney, and half my mind isn’t even focused on the training anymore.
    Lesley recently posted..Random Sunday Musings 12/15My Profile

  7. 13

    (a) I have not heard about this challenge. I guess I missed that memo. Was it to go for the entire month of December? If so, boo, I missed out. Maybe I’ll do my own, personal January challenge then!

    (b) How have I never come across your blog? I LOVE it!
    Crystal@TheFastFitRunner recently posted..GIVE ME YOUR OPINION: To Buy a Treadmill, or not?!My Profile

  8. 15

    Yay you are doing so awesome with the streak!!
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