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.
Here’s the run down of its final days since my last recap.
Running Streak: Week 6
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.
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
Friday, January 10: 6.21 miles
Saturday, January 11: 13.1 miles
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
Week 6 Total: 19.10
Running Streak Total Days: 46
Running Streak Total Miles: 166.72
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.