Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 3

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Rocking my run streak in Central Park. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

I’ve now survived three weeks of the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak, my quest to run at least 1 mile every single day from Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day.

Only I have discovered that 2 miles is the new 1 mile.

Without consciously setting out to do it, I upped my mileage with longer “rest” days. Instead of 1 mile, I decided to get in 20 minutes of easy cardio.

The result? I feel amazing. I honestly can’t believe how well the streak is going and how totally normal running every day feels. I’m over the tiredness I felt in Week 2.

Ask me again in another few weeks, but for now, running and I are besties.

Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 3

Wednesday, December 11: 2.05 miles

I had some errands to run that were roughly 1 mile away from home. So I ran there. And ran back. Love sneaking in easy miles that way. Plus, in certain neighborhoods and times of day, running is actually faster than the subway, bus, or cabs. Oh, to live in New York City.

Thursday, December 12: 6.25 miles

This was a gentle progression run on the treadmill. I watched TV, instead of listening to music as usual, and the miles just flew by. I could have kept going and going and going. It was my longest and overall fastest run of the week. Some days, you’re just on.

Friday, December 13: 2.03 miles

20 minutes easy and done.

Saturday, December 14: 2.11 miles

20 minutes again. This time I pushed the pace a tad in the second mile.

runner's world holiday running streak, Central Park

Why yes, I always match my shoelaces to my running jacket.

Sunday, December 15: 5.5 miles and 15-mile spin ride

I went to my first ever spin class! It was fun—much more fun than riding the bike at my gym by myself. One of my running teammates has been trying to get me to go for a while now and she finally succeeded. I’m glad she did! It’s definitely something I’ll throw into the mix more often, now that I want to get better at cycling so I can be a better triathlete.

I’d planned to run to the spin studio, but we had fresh snowfall the night before and I found many of the sidewalks slippery. So I bailed on the run after a few blocks. But by the time the class was over, it seemed like there had been a bit more melt, so I jogged the 2.5 miles home—walking through the more slippery patches—and then hit the treadmill to get in a little more mileage. It was a super fitness day.

Monday, December 16: 2.34 miles

Another errand, easy run day. Lots of those this time of year. This time I ran home. I’m getting very good at tucking a bag under my arms like a football and pretending I’m a wide receiver, bobbing, weaving and leaping my way into the end zone. Except I’m weaving around New Yorkers and tourists on the sidewalk and the end zone is my house. It was F-R-E-E-Z-I-N-G cold, so it was very easy to run fast, weave swiftly, and catch whatever light was changing. Touchdown!

Tuesday, December 17: 5.41 miles

This run felt a touch sluggish. Not terrible, but not on it either. I guess every day can’t be a red-letter day. And that’s it for Week 3 of my Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

Week 3 Total: 25.69

Three weeks down, two weeks to go…

Week 2 Total: 23.71

Week 1 Total: 20.15

Karla Bruning

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Karla Bruning hosts On The Run for New York Road Runners. 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, 18 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog and travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    I love your style, Karla. The stars show what a superstar you are. Great job with the run streak.
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  2. 3

    Awesome job with the run streak!! I really want to try a spin class but I am nervous to go alone. Was it pretty easy? I’ve heard the bike settings can be intimidating the first time?
    Kristina @ Blog About Running recently posted..This Guy at the Gym Dropped Some Serious Fitness Knowledge on MeMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning
      4

      The bike settings were definitely intimidating. I had no idea what I was doing, but my friends and the instructor helped me out and made sure it fit. I’d say get there early enough that you can ask someone for help. And I had no idea how to unclip my shoes at the end! That was funny. As for the riding, I’d say it’s as hard or as easy as you want it to be since you control the resistance on your bike. It definitely helped having friends in the class, but I’ve gone to other fitness classes by myself for the first time and always find that instructors are receptive to newbies, esp. if you let them know you’re new/nervous. They’ll keep an eye out for you.
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 3My Profile

  3. 5

    Lookin’ so snazzy! I like your “two miles is the new one” mantra, too.
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  4. Adam VanDyke #
    7

    Nice write up I started the 27th and so far I’m with you can’t really do just one, shortest I’ve done so far about 2.3. Been better after more time on bike after a ankle injury in August, but not running too hard any single day and weekly mileage in the 30′s and feeling stronger, so must be working well for me as well.

    • Karla Bruning
      8

      Great to hear Adam! It’s amazing that when you run every day, the mileage really adds up even if you’re not doing particularly long run. I really do feel stronger. Hope your ankle keeps getting better and you keep the streak alive!
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 3My Profile

  5. 9

    This is so great! It’s amazing how much better you feel as you keep going! Maybe I’ll have the guts to give this streak a try next year. And way to go with the spin class. I think I tried it out one time ages ago, but I can’t remember if I liked it or not! lol

    Btw, LOVE the running ensemble. Matching your shoelaces is the only way to go. :)
    Kellie recently posted..Week in Training (and I Made LOTS of Stuff!) 12/16-12/22My Profile

    • Karla Bruning
      10

      Thanks! I love fun running clothes and nerdily put together “outfits” that make me smile. Love me some color! The running streak has done wonders for me. I highly recommend doing one if you need some motivation!
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 3My Profile

  6. 11

    Look at you kicking butt and taking names! I am not surprised that 2 is the new 1- I’m sure the more you do it the better it gets!
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