StreakingPosted: July 29, 2012
…but not in the way you’re thinking.
As of this morning, I have run every day for 7 straight days. I have decided that the best way to avoid getting into a no-running slump is to not skip any days at all. When I take a break from running for a day, it often turns into two, which then generally turns into at least a few weeks.
Not this time, however! I was inspired by a post on No Meat Athlete from a little while ago, which is about the author’s 50-day running streak. I learned a lot and it really made me want to get out and run every day. It has only been a week for me, but it hasn’t been easy to do it every morning.
Yesterday I threw a tantrum and almost didn’t go out because my Five Fingers were wet. I had run in the rain on Friday, which was less than awesome but not as bad as I had feared. I then gave my shoes a nice soak in soapy water (with Dr. Bronner’s, the best soap in the world), swished and rinsed, and then left them out on the porch to dry. I don’t know if they stayed wet or dried and got wet again with the dew and humidity, but they were drenched and just nasty-feeling when I began to put them on. I did not want to deal with that at all, so I decided to skip a day.
Less than 5 minutes later, I marched myself back to the front hall where I had thrown the shoes like a two-year-old, put them on my feet, and left the house. I ended up running just under 2 miles, and having a much better morning after I got over myself and hit the pavement.
This morning I was fortunate enough to have my husband’s company during my run, and I was smart enough to make sure I didn’t try to match his pace, but let him match mine instead. We had a great time, got rained on but didn’t care, did some hills, and finished just under the 2 ¼ mile mark. (If I’d known at the time that we were at 2.23, I would have pushed the extra half block or so, because I like my mileage to be even numbers or in tidy increments of 5. We all have our quirks.)
I feel good about this running streak idea. I think I’ll see just how far I can take it. A week may not be much in the grand scheme of things, but it could be the start of something much bigger.