What I learned from the Runners' World Run Streak

If you've been following along on Facebook (and if not, why not?) you know that this year I decided to participate in the Runners' World Holiday Run Streak. What did that mean? It means I pledged to run at least one mile per day starting on Thanksgiving and ending on New Year's Day.

I admit I was a teeny bit hesitant about doing this considering I rarely run more than two days in a row for fear of injury AND it would mean that some days I would have to run before work (my least favorite thing). But, it's one mile. It's less than 10 minutes for me. I had access to a treadmill the entire time in case of inclement weather, plus I wasn't really traveling for the holidays. What possible excuses did I have?

How did it pan out? Here's the skinny:

Total days in the official challenge: 35 (Although I admit I tacked on a few extra at the beginning because I like my training weeks to start on Mondays)

Days missed during the official challenge: 0

Number of treadmill miles: 35.2

Number of outdoor miles: 66.12

Total miles run: 101.32

Average miles run per day during the challenge: 2.89

If you want to see how it all played out, here's a link to the calendar I used to keep track of my workouts. Or, if you're more interested in knowing what I learned, scroll through the gallery below.

But I think the most interesting thing I learned is that I CAN run more than two days in a row as long as I make sure to run smart. Slow runs after fast runs. Shorter runs after longer runs. That kind of stuff. Overall, I really enjoyed this streak. Sure, there were days when I didn't want to run, but I always felt better after I did. I will definitely do this again next winter!

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    Erin Vandenberg

    I'm a 30-something who decided to get off the elliptical and expand my fitness horizons. Since moving to Chicago in 2008 I've run marathons and biked miles. I've done group fitness classes and lifted weights on my own. And now I want to share my fitness finds with you!

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