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 is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, 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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