Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 4

runner's world holiday running streak, Central Park

Running through Central Park on Christmas Day.

This is it. With four weeks down, I’m entering the final stretch of the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

So far, my quest to run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day has been a resounding success.

I had a slight drop-down in mileage this week thanks to holiday festivities, but my Monday to Sunday calendar week was my highest yet at 28.94 miles.

It’s keeping me so motivated that I’m thinking on continuing the streak into 2014.

But one step at a time. I have to get to the finish line of the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak first.

Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak: Week 4

Wednesday, December 18: 3.51 miles

My favorite way to kill time on a treadmill is to push buttons. And a fartlek workout is a perfect workout for button-pushing. So I did 1-minute hard and 1-minute easy for 30 minutes with a little warm-up and cool-down on each side.

Thursday, December 19: 2.33 miles

This was just a quick, easy workout.

Friday, December 20: 3.1 miles

If you’ve been reading my weekly recaps, you’ve learned by now that I love running errands, literally, throughout the city. This was another errand run.

I love how people react on the sidewalk as you run by them. It’s a mix of total ignorance, annoyance, amusement and whimsy.

Some people are oblivious to the fact that you are there and are trying to get around them, some people are annoyed that you’re trying to move faster than the flow of pedestrian traffic, and some people go out of their way to make room for you with a smile—like the gentleman who stepped aside, tipped his hat and bowed with great fanfare as he made room for me to pass. I waved and thanked him loudly. I love New York.

Saturday, December 21: 9.00 miles

This was my longest run during the streak yet. It was also, amazingly, my fastest. There’s something about running in Central Park that just makes my legs go. I tackle it with so much more gusto than a treadmill run.

Here’s a silly 6-second video my husband took of me running through Central Park. He’s obsessed with the new slow-motion function on the iPhone 5.

I need to build up mileage on my long runs to get back into half-marathon personal record shape. And the slow build begins now. My first half-marathon of 2014 is the Walt Disney World Half Marathon on January 11. I won’t be racing it. It’ll be a fun run/training run. But I’ve got two more long runs before then to get some 10 and 11-milers under my belt before I go 13.1 again.

Sunday, December 22: 3.25 miles

This was another run around the streets of NYC. It was 60 degrees and drizzly, which felt great after the cold snap that brought us freezing temperatures.

But this time of year in New York also brings lots of tourists. I love tourists. I really do. I first came to New York City as a tourist and remember the wonder, the excitement of seeing it for the first time.

Just, please, don’t walk five abreast while holding hands on the sidewalk. I know you don’t want to lose any members of your family. But five-abreast just will not do.

New York City, believe it or not, is the safest of America’s 25 largest cities, according to the FBI. That’s right. It’s the safest big city in America with a lower overall crime rate per capita than Chicago, LA, Boston, Denver, San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, the list goes on and on.

So I don’t think that all five of you need to hold hands. Yes, please hold your child’s hand while crossing the street. But, for the love of busy New Yorkers and runners everywhere, don’t hold hands five abreast completely blocking the sidewalk. I saw more than one group doing it on this particular run. Why????

Rant over.

Monday, December 23: 1.76 miles

I managed to squeak out just under 2 miles before my family started arriving for the holidays. I was literally on the treadmill at my gym in my building’s basement when one of them to pinged me that she was at the front door. Run over. Holidays started!

Tuesday, December 24: 1.07 miles

After starting the day with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, which was truly spectacular, and fish lunch at a Greek restaurant, it was time to start cooking Christmas Eve dinner. And by cooking, I mean my husband was cooking and I was making dessert. I don’t cook.

But I do grocery shop, and I had to get some last-minute groceries. So took a 1-mile tour around the hood just to get my mile in before hitting the grocery store and rejoining the party in my apartment.

And that does it for Week 4 of the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak.

Week 4 Total: 24.02

Four weeks down, one week to go!

Week 3 Total: 25.69

Week 2 Total: 23.71

Week 1 Total: 20.15

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

    Awesome! Oh and here’s a tip with iPhone video: Hold the iPhone horizontally so that you get “widescreen” video instead of tall, narrow video.
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  2. 3

    Ha, I love the slo-mo function! That was pretty cool :) Way to get the serious miles in during the streak!
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  3. 5

    I live just outside of Houston- really interesting about NYC! Nice slo-mo pic!
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  4. 7

    You’re doing well. Yes, why not continue into 2014. The only negative about run streaks is beoming OCD about them — but I’m sure you’re too sensible for that! The fitness gains will keep on building.

    That’s pretty smooth slow motion! Maybe get hubby to rotate the phone 90 degrees so he can fit another stride in. Great CP run. It doesn’t look all that cold either.
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    • Karla Bruning

      Too sensible not to OCD? Not so sure about that. But I’m definitely going to keep streaking as long as I can. The weather has been crazy here the last couple of weeks, swinging from 20F/-6C to 60F/16 within a matter of days!
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