Rest In Peace Running Streak

Walt Disney World Marathon, Cinderella running costume, running streak

This Dole Whip Pineapple Float celebrated the end of my running streak.

That’s right, my running streak has officially died. As my husband predicted, it passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 12, the day after the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, which I ran as a guest of runDisney.

As Walt Disney World Marathoners and Dopey Challengers arose at 3 a.m., I slept in until 8:15 a.m., the latest I’d slept all week.

And then I did the unthinkable: I didn’t go for a run. I ate a Dole Whip pineapple float at Magic Kingdom instead.

Sure, I walked a few miles around Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I even jogged a few steps to hurry to nab Fast Pass tickets for a few rides. But I did not run the requisite mile.

And so, my running streak ended after 46 days and 166 miles, averaging 3.6 miles a day. I started with a race in the first week and ended with three races (1, 2, 3) in the last week.

Here’s the run down of its final days since my last recap.

Running Streak: Week 6

running streak finish

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

Wednesday, January 1: 1.50 miles

A New Year’s Day jog with my dog outside.

Thursday, January 2: 5.21 miles

Progression run on the treadmill.

Friday, January 3: 1.45 miles

The windchill was 4 degrees in NYC. And snowy. And I had an errand. Boo. So I put on my puffy coat, pulled on my snow boots and ran. It was more like trudging, but the effort was the same. Running in a polar vortex=really cold. Every inch of me was covered except my eyes. I managed to stay decently warm except for my fingers. I couldn’t feel them by the time I got home.

Saturday, January 4: 2.49 miles

A quick, but brisk treadmill workout.

Sunday, January 5: 4.25 miles

Another treadmill run thanks to the polar vortex. Did 400 meter repeats with 200 meter rest in between. It felt great.

running streak

Pausing for a pic in Epcot with my mom during the Disney Family Fun Run 5K.

Monday, January 6: 2.20 miles

An easy treadmill run.

Tuesday, January 7: 2.00 miles

Another easy treadmill day.

Week 6 Total: 19.10 miles

Running Streak: Week 7

Wednesday, January 8: 1.10 miles

I left for Walt Disney World. Did the bare minimum to keep the running streak alive through the races.

Thursday, January 9: 3.11 miles

The Disney Family Fun Run 5K at Walt Disney World. Race report is here.

running streak

Celebrating the Walt Disney World 10K with Daisy Duck.

Friday, January 10: 6.21 miles

The Walt Disney World 10K. Race report is here.

Saturday, January 11: 13.1 miles

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Race report is here.

Sunday, January 12: 0 miles

Here lies my running streak. May she rest in peace. (Yes, it’s a she.)

Week 7 Total: 23.53

Running Streak Totals

Week 7 Total: 23.53

running streak

My Sparkle Athletic temporary tattoos to commemorate my three-peat.

Week 6 Total: 19.10

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

Running Streak Total Days: 46

Running Streak Total Miles: 166.72

Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Cinderella Running Costume, running streak

With Lady Daisy and Sir Donald at Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

Hey, at least it went out with a bang, with a great running costume and a great medal at a great race.

What next? I have not run for four—gasp—days. Once I stopped running, it was really easy to keep not running. I was exhausted from three consecutive 3 a.m. wake-up calls. I only today feel like I’ve finally caught up on sleep again. And so I’ll go for a run.

I may institute a mini-version of the streak: I must run at least 2-miles five days a week. I don’t need to streak, but I do need marching orders. So there they are. The streak was really good for motivating me to get out the door when other things might have stood in the way. So I want to keep that aspect of it alive.

Wish me luck. I’ll need it!

As a member of the media, runDisney gave me complimentary race entries, hotel, some park tickets and some meals for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I bought my own airfare, most meals, additional park tickets, etc. As always, all opinions are purely my own. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences and Disney is no exception. For more, read my Disclosure Policy.

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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