Run streak wrap-up

Punchline: I am officially hooked on the run streak.

Run ALL the days!
Run ALL the days!

Technically, the holiday run streak ends today. But The Lady and I are having so much fun with it, we’ve elected to keep it going for as long as we can.

It’s been educational. The biggest learning experience has been seeing how the body adjusts to the new regimen. Weeks 1-2 felt like a training schedule. Even though our mileage wasn’t nearly as high (long runs in particular were shorter), it had the same structured feel as a half marathon or full marathon training regimen. In that sense, it was exciting. Also, as I mentioned in my previous post, even the 1-mile runs had tangible cleansing effects.

Week 3 hit pretty hard. I felt tired and worn out. This was my body finally realizing the full impact of running every single day: rest wasn’t to be found by taking the day completely off, but rather by going for shorter, easier runs. These seven days were tough to get through.

Then in week 4, it was like someone flipped a switch: suddenly everything clicked. Barely two days after a less-than-stellar attempt at a progression run, I hammered out this gem of an “easy” run.

Exactly one week later, The Lady and I joined the nearby running store for its weekend group run…and proceeded to kick even more ass.

Of course I’ll still wake up with a strong desire to keep sleeping, or an unwillingness to exert myself in the cold outdoors. But somewhere in the back of my mind, I just know that I’ll feel immensely better once I return, and probably even while I’m still out there. It’s been a very nice constant through all the holiday travels, too; even though it can feel a bit hectic trying to adjust one’s routines when traveling three times in three weekends, suiting up to run regardless of the weather and location serves as a nice anchor to all the chaos around it.

By running whatever feels good, and just having fun with it–doing my usual offseason thing of pushing myself for no reason other than to push myself–running every single day, almost without even trying, resulted in my first 100-mile month outside of any particular training regimen!

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I logged 100 miles this month with no formal training plan or prior goal to do so, beyond the simple requirement that I log at least 1 mile between each rising and setting of the sun. And it’s felt good.

The run streak has been a boon to health, in more ways than one. I have no idea what 2014 holds in store for me, but I think this run streak has provided an excellent base to build upon. I’ll keep it up for as long as I can!