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


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

    I love that your mom dressed up with you for the 5K! I hope to someday convince my mom to do a 5K with me. She used to speed walk a couple miles every night but she has never run.

    You did an amazing job with the running streak and ended it with a bang! Can’t wait to read your race recaps!
    Kristina @ Blog About Running recently posted..An Inspirational Running StoryMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      Thanks! I got my love of dressing up from my mom. That would be great if you got your mom to do a race with you. My mom has been a lifelong walker too.
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Race Report: Disney Family Fun Run 5KMy Profile

  2. 3

    All good things come to an end. Definitely something to be proud of though!
    Kristi Raz recently posted..Save Some $$$My Profile

  3. 5

    Good for you! It’s been really inspiring to read about your running streak – makes me want to try one!
    Hayley in Training recently posted..Admission Wednesday: Yoga and PainMy Profile

  4. 7

    You and your mom look so cute. The float looks sooooo good. Brava to you for keeping the streak going for so long.
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  5. 9

    I too enjoyed a Dole whip, the day before the half. I don’t have pictures though because it didn’t last that long. Seems like your body needed a break after three early wake up calls, but also great job on the running streak :)
    Lesley recently posted..2014 WDW Half MarathonMy Profile

  6. 11

    That pineapple float looks amazing! Great job keeping up the streak as long as you did :)
    Emmeline@RunForThePizza recently posted..I love pie!My Profile

  7. 13

    Sleeping until 8:15 AM is ‘sleeping in’ = first world runner problems? lol

    I think the Dole Whip was well deserved! Great job on your running streak!

  8. 15

    I think you have to be the most adorable streaker who ever streaked. I WANT that float! Can’t wait to hear what’s next, and great job on the streak. What a way to start the running year w some awesome fitness and momentum!

  9. 17

    Always enjoy your blog especially the ones leading up to WDW marathon weekend! Any plans to be at the Princess?

  10. 19

    Congratulations on the running streak and on finishing it up with 3 races. That’s impressive! You deserved a few days off of running after all that.
    Beth @ Miles and Trials recently posted..Klean Athlete Protein Powder GiveawayMy Profile

  11. 21

    A dole whip seems like the perfect send off for your running streak. I am dreaming of the day that I will have one during Princess Half Marathon!
    Lisa @ Lisa Runs for Cupcakes recently posted..I’m in! ZOOMA Annapolis 2014My Profile

  12. 23

    If it has to end somewhere, better it ends with eating a dole whip while wearing the best sunglasses ever.
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  13. 25

    You did so awesome with the streak, incredibly proud of you!

    Streaks are great but at the same time some rest isn’t a bad thing! I am trying to focus on running more days a week than normal but I won’t do so at the expense of my health or sanity :)
    Laura @losingrace recently posted..That Week that Didn’t Go as Planned (but kind of did)My Profile


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