I'm SO glad Runner's World had a summer run streak challenge. It was the perfect thing to get me out of my funk after a bad half and have something to focus on that was not a race. I just checked my total mileage for the streak and I put in 115 miles in 40 days. I know there are many, many runners who go at it every day and average much higher mileage. But I'm pretty pleased!
I also met my goal of running every single one of my miles outside and with Charity Miles!
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Some things I've learned:
- I'm glad I have an abundant supply of Oiselle running duds, because my laundry pile has become quite a bit larger. It's always fun to get to the bottom of the pile and re-discover 'vintage' pieces!
- Getting it done early in the day was the best way for me to make sure I achieved my goal.
- That being said, I had to run in the afternoon quite a bit or occasionally in the evening, and I think this streak really helped me adapt to running in different situations. Running in afternoon heat, running with a stomach full of Jimmy John's #5 or a burrito bowl from Chipotle is good for Ragnar training, methinks.
- If you're in a running funk, it seems counter intuitive, but running more can get your mojo back. Usually after a half marathon, I treat myself with kid gloves for at least a few days and very cautiously get back to running. Having to run after Rock n' Roll really opened my eyes to the fact that I was underestimating myself, and I was ready to get in some speed and longer runs after just a week.
- I feel more in tune with my body. If I hadn't run the day after doing 13.1, I probably would have just felt general soreness and moved on with cross training for awhile. I'm still doing cross training (bootcamp twice a week) but by throwing a little run in, I could instantly tell where I needed to focus any extra stretching/foam rolling.
- Strength, core and stretching easily became a daily habit. Doing planks and core (and sometimes a vain attempt at Dr. Lesko's workout) is a lot easier to keep on top of if you're in workout gear and already sweating. For me, it's rest days that get in the way of doing this stuff daily.
- Your family will come to expect your run. Another thing that seems counter intuitive, but the more I took off to go run, the more my family accepted it, got used to it, encouraged it!
- As with any exercise, getting out the door is the hardest part. Usually I wanted to run more than just one mile after I got going - time constraints/cross training days usually dictated the one mile run.
- It sure helps with weight maintenance/loss. I'm never going to be the thinnest person in the room, and that's totally okay by me. I don't really ever set out to lose weight unless it's after the holidays - yeah, you know what I'm talking about. Buuuuut, I'm sure as hell not going to complain if two pounds just magically disappear! Thanks run streak!
- I'll gain more endurance and speed? Jury's still out, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed...