Happy 2014! Holiday Running Streak Finish: Week 5

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Happy New Year! Starting it with a run.

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and I’m already starting off the year right: with a victory.

I did it! I made it all the way through to the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak finish, running at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day.

I finished the streak strong, with my highest mileage tally yet: 30.52 miles. Now I’ve got a solid base for some serious races in 2014.

The Holiday Running Streak was a really invigorating experience, so much so that I’m planning to continue the streak for as long as I can.

Whether that’s one more day, one more week or even one year, I’m going to keep on plugging. Let’s see how far I can go.

Here’s to a new year of running and all the excitement it brings!

Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak Finish: Week 5

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Christmas Day in Central Park. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Wednesday, December 25: 6.20 miles

Merry Christmas! I celebrated with a walk to Central Park with my family, followed by a run through the park by myself. Perfect.

Thursday, December 26: 4.05 miles

Invigorated by the Christmas spirit, I hit the streets of NYC for a brisk 4-miler.

Friday, December 27: 2.10 miles

Hit the treadmill just to get in 20 minutes of cardio.

Saturday, December 28: 4.80 miles

I did an interval workout on the treadmill: 6 x 800m with 200m rest in between. I ran the 800s at an 8:13 pace, which should be moderately hard for me. Instead, it felt very hard. I was planning on doing eight repeats, but cut it short at six. My body was just tired. My family left from their Christmas visit earlier in the day, and I think the holidays just wore me out.

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Cinderella surveys the year ahead. (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Sunday, December 29: 9.07 miles

No rest for the weary! I wanted to get in one longer run during the calendar week, so this was it. It was a dreary, rainy day, so I did it on the treadmill. It takes a lot of focus to keep me on the treadmill for longer than 6 miles. I kept tricking myself by saying, “Just 5 more minutes and you can quit.” Then I’d finish that five minutes, knowing I had more in me, so I’d say, “Just another 5 minutes.” That’s how I got from 70 minutes to 90 minutes. Mind games.

Monday, December 30: 3.30 miles

Ran this nice and easy outside to shake out my legs.

Tuesday, December 31: 1.00 miles

One mile even on the treadmill. Was short on time to pack and get on the road for a New Year’s Eve celebration in East Hampton, N.Y.

Week 5 Total: 30.52

Running Streak Finish

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Cinderella gave me a workout on New Year’s Day!

Wednesday, January 1: 1.50

I started the new year with a jog around a friend’s in East Hampton, N.Y. I forgot to pack my running jacket, gloves and hat, so I had to wear my regular gloves, ear muffs and borrow a cycling jacket.

But I still got the miles in, and most of it with my dog, Cinderella, too.

My husband had taken her to the beach, and they saw me on the road on the way home. So she hopped out of the car and finished my run with me.

It was fast. Cinderella was really excited and kept pulling me. I usually run her with a harness for that reason, but my husband had put only her collar on her. So in order to keep her from choking herself, I was basically sprinting. Thanks for the workout, Cinderella!

Holiday Running Streak Total Days: 36

Holiday Running Streak Total Miles: 125.59

New Year’s Day Total: 1.50

Week 5 Total: 30.52

Week 4 Total: 24.02

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.


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  1. 1

    Great job with keeping the streak going. Happy New Year and I wish you a wonderful season of injury-free running. May the PRs be with you.
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  2. 3

    Congrats on finishing the streak! I am so proud of you (not that I doubted your ability to make it happen!!)
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  3. 5

    You rocked that streak! Nice work!
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  4. 7

    Congratulations, awesome job! And it must’ve been a little easier with the adorable Cinderella to accompany you some of the time (love the pic on the beach).
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  5. 9

    You’re doing well. Stop now, before it’s too late! 😉 Bet it’s tough up there with with those snow storms that have made the news. All the best for the 10k race – don’t start too fast and I’m sure you’ll run a PB. Happy 2014!
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  6. 11

    Congratulations on finishing the streak! That’s so amazing! :) Maybe I can try and do it next year…maybe :/