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
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.
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
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!