Well, I did it again. I completed the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak. 41 days of running at least 1 mile per day.
Compared to last year it was easier. More fun. More successful. And more people were doing it! (I’m looking at you Summer & Julie!)
Total Mileage: 133.06
Total Mileage Last Year: 96.7
Totally didn’t double my distance like I thought I might, but definitely lovin’ the extra 36 miles I added this year.
My streak started out strong, with a trip out to Minnesotta to visit my sister-in-law and her family. She and I ran together every day and boy did she inspire me to run farther & faster!
I plateau’d midway through the streak. Feeling good but busy enough with work and the holidays approaching (not to mention a cold that lasted too long!) that I couldn’t quite run as long or as far as I wanted.
I struggled a bit towards the end of the streak. Shin/calf pain made many of the final runs really uncomfortable. But I hung in there. I’m not a quitter, that’s for sure.
Lessons learned this year:
1. I am getting better at not making excuses. Cramps? Get over it. Hungover? You’ll feel better! Tired? Whatever, you won’t be in 12 minutes. Sore? Run it out! Whatever you do, just run, damnit. (It’s awesome. I love it).
2. One mile just doesn’t cut it anymore, nor does 2 or 3. Somewhere between mile 3 and 4 is where I hit my sweet spot and it feels like I could just keep going & going. Plus it’s seems pointless to run 1 mile, it takes more time to put on the tights & shoes than it does to run!
3. I am a total outdoor runner now. Unlike last year, I’m not just dabbling in it. I will pretty much do anything in my power not to run on a treadmill. Rain, snow, sleet, I’ll take it all!
4. I miss yoga. I need to stretch. Seriously. Especially when I’m running daily. My poor hips, hamstrings, quads, shins & calves. So so tight.
5. I miss strength training. The streak breaks me from a better balance of running, strengthening and stretching. I have good feelings about 2013 and achieving the perfect balance of all three.
6. I need new running shoes. Badly. Sad face! I hate to spend the money, but in the long run (no pun intended) I suppose they might pay for themselves. My sore calves & shins have GOT to do partially with the fact that my shoes are falling apart.
7. My go-to mantra really is “you are light as a feather!”. I find myself saying or thinking that to myself frequently, especially on hills or when I feel like I have too far to go. It puts a little pep in my step, and really DOES make me feel light as a feather!
Well, happy 2013 y’all! Looking forward to streaking again in the future. In the meantime, I’ve been enjoying a few days off from pounding the pavement by doing yoga and remembering my long lost push-up muscles.
So apparently, I’m winning at the running but failing at the blogging. I suppose it’s that I just have nothing interesting to say right now. I guess that’s not really true, I have a few blog posts half-written in my head (“How I became a runner” and “Lessons learned while streaking” are two that come to mind!) but I just don’t have or don’t make the time to write them. That said, there are a lot of things I want to do that I just don’t have or make the time to do, but I’m not about to pile this blog onto that list of things I feel guilty not doing.
Anyway, what I don’t feel guilty about is my mileage. I’m feeling pretty great about the amount of running I’m fitting into my schedule. Unlike last year, I’m doing less “other” stuff (yoga, kickboxing, strength training) and more running. The plus side is that my mileage is ticking away, the downside is that I took my favorite strength training class last Thursday night and was sore for 3 days afterwards (who am I kidding, I was sore for 4 - count ‘em FOUR days afterwards). As such, I’m realizing the importance of cross training. I think that’s what made my half marathon training so strong - I didn’t run EVERY SINGLE DAY. So, once January 1st hits, I know I’m going to work on keeping my mileage up but also re-incorporate other workouts to ensure I’m getting an even workout. Yes, squats, I’m talking to you.
Day 23: 2 miles, 19:13, painful left shin. LAME RUN.
Day 24: 1 mile, 8:48, just go get it over with.
Day 25: 8.5 miles, 1:20:39, cold & grey but awesome.
Day 26: 1.04 in 9:10.
Day 27: 1 mile in 8:25.
Day 28: 4.02 miles, 36:03, saw elves and even a Santa running at night?
Day 29: 1.5 miles, 14:17, on the treadmill before Jude’s awesome strength class.
Day 30: 2.19 miles, 20:51, POURING RAIN is not as much fun as I thought it would be.
Day 31: 3 miles, 29:01, treadmill due to wind.
Day 32: 6.92 miles, 1:05:59, slow & steady.
Total Run Streak Mileage: 105.86
Total Run Streak Mileage this time last year: 80.9
I’m really going to have to pick up the pace if I want to double last year’s mileage! Not sure if it’s doable with only a week or so left!
‘Cause I’m tired & need to update this thing.
Day 19: 1.05 miles in 9:30, on Blackstone Blvd.
Day 20: 3 miles in 27:17, treadmill @ gym @ 5:30am
Day 21: 3 miles in 28:57, treadmill @ gym @ 5:30am
Day 22: 3 miles in 28:28, treadmill @ gym @ 5:30am
So many treadmill runs, so many early mornings! Looking forward to running outdoors after sleeping in this weekend!
Total Run Streak Mileage: 74.69
Total Run Streak Mileage this time last year: 55.70
Days 14-18 of this Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak:
Day 14: 4 miles in 37:30. So many runners out on Blackstone Blvd. tonight! 11 in total - which is unheard of after dark! Must be the warmer weather. Song pick was Pearl Jam’s “Whipping” off the Vitalogy album. Ahhh, the 90’s.
Day 15: 3 miles in 29:27 at 6am on the treadmill at Boston Sports Club. Ugh, I hate the treadmill.
Day 16: 2 miles in 18:11 also on the treadmill. Cheated at 0% incline! Have I mentioned how much I hate (1) the treadmill and (2) Friday workouts? Sushi + wine now please!
Day 17: 1.2 miles in 9:55. Got it over & done with. OVER & DONE WITH is the motto sometimes. Song pick was “Gamma Ray” by Beck.
Day 18: Today deserves it’s own post really. But I’m just going to be succinct.
New toy! Long story short: The husband and I work in the same workplace. I got him this super awesome cook stove for camping. It arrived and the warehouse crew told him I had a package, “some sort of grill or something”. It wasn’t in a generic brown box, it was the cook stove box with pictures on it and stuff. 364 days out of the year this is normal and fine and good. But on this particular day, Mowry got to see his Christmas present way ahead of time. Bummer. He played it off for a few days but eventually I found out he knew what it was. So I was super bummed that I didn’t get to see his reaction or wait ‘til Christmas but we’re all adults here so I got over it. His response was to give me my present early too (plus he got out of wrapping it). A Garmin Forerunner!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! SO EXCITING!!!!!!!! Took it for a spin today. See my stats above. The ONLY bummer is that apparently I don’t run as fast as I thought because apparently the 2. 5 loop I do at Lincoln Woods is not, in fact, 2.5 miles. More importantly, I LOVE THIS THING.
On a more serious note, the song pick for this run is dedicated to my dear friend Taylor. The song is “Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello. This song makes me smile and makes me think of you, T. Listened to it twice on today’s run. Miss you & think of you always. xo
Total Run Streak Mileage: 64.64
Total Run Streak Mileage this time last year: 47.70
Yes, that’s a 7:42 pace. And I know I could have run faster.
I only did ran fast ‘cause I knew I was only running about a mile. I started some antibiotics yesterday that are making me feel a little cruddy, so I knew I only had a mile in me. Luckily for me, my sweet husband agreed to pull out his bike from the basement and bike with me in our neighborhood rather than me having to drive either to the gym or a “safer” spot just to log one measly mile. Whatever, I’m paranoid.
So, actually, I could have run faster, ‘cause at one point I looked back and couldn’t see him and stopped for a sec to look around.
Total Run Streak Mileage: 46.75
Total Run Streak Mileage this time last year: 34
Anyway, the fact is it’s done, I can take a bath now and rest up for my 5:30am run tomorrow. Fun times.
THE STREAK LIVES ON!
Day 9: 3.2 miles in 30:38. “Our House” by Madness is song of choice!
Day 10: 4 miles in 38:24. “Diamonds” by Rihanna!
Day 11: 2.5 miles in 22:28. Arcade Fire’s “Month of May”.
I’d like to point out that last run was 8:59 pace. 8:59 PACE! That’s exciting because it was sustained for 2.5 miles.
I was dreading the run today. Was only going to run the obligatory 1 mile but it was so nice out so I decided what the heck and went to Lincoln Woods for the 2.5 mile loop. What’s ESPECIALLY cool about the pace is that there are some pretty decent hills on that loop (I did the hard direction) and I did good. I’m like a totally different runner as compared to this time last year!
Total Run Streak Mileage: 42.42
Total Run Streak Mileage this time last year: 30
Thanksgiving Day has come and passed and the Run Streak is off to a FANTASTIC start! Mowry and I are here in Rochester, Minnesota visiting his brother and sister-in-law and their three (adorable, beautiful & fun) kids. Except for Thanksgiving Day, the weather has been a bit chilly, to say the least. So the runs have been challenging. I’m experiencing my first cold in about a year and a half, so there’s been a bit of challenge where that’s concerned too. But all in all, a great start! Here are my daily recaps for the last four days.
4 or so miles, not sure of time.
The Runner’s World Run Streak is off to a great start! Despite having a chest cold, I got up this morning and head out the door to run with my sister-in-law. I challenged myself not to worry about time/distance, and as a result don’t really know how far or how long we ran.
It’s fun to run with her. She’s faster than me and has been running a lot longer, so she has some good tips (including a new way to tie my shoes!). I also scored a really great neon running jacket from her, a GREAT BRIGHT addition to my typically black running attire. It’s also a challenge to chat a little while running, since typically I’m a solo runner.
This was a perfect run on Thanksgiving Day! Feeling lucky and thankful to have a body that allows me to do this.
Song pick for the run is Rihanna’s “Diamonds”. Yes! Despite running with a buddy, I still keep one ear bud in to hear the music. The first time I heard this song I thought it was ridiculous. But like most of Rihanna’s music, it has quickly become a favorite.
5.35 miles in 51:48.
COLDEST RUN EVER, I think. Which is kind of fun ‘cause I think this is the winter I will run right through the cold months. My sister-in-law figured that the last 2 miles of the run were straight-on into about 25mph super cold wind. It was a doozy. It was 35 degrees out but with windchill felt like 19.
I had a bit of exposed leg (ooh-la-la) and when we got back into the warmth of the house it actually became raised and a little blistered. Pretty much my entire body was pink when I undressed to shower, but some places especially pink. Come to learn that certain areas with more fat actually get pinker, something about the cold and fat. So needless to say I had much pink in all the places I expected!
Song pick for the run was Nneka’s “Heartbeat”. This is such a good song. I first heard it from a winner of our Equal Exchange playlist contest. If you’re a runner, I suggest you add it to your playlist.
6.5 miles in 59:06!! That’s a 9:06 pace I’m pretty proud of - especially in this cold Minnesota weather! I’d have to look back through my training logs but I think that might be my fastest longest run yet. Being pushed by a running buddy is pretty great - there were a few times when I felt like slowing down (so did my legs) but I kept up.
Song pick is “Cuts Like a Knife” by Bryan Adams - really only because that was the last one on my ipod. None others stick out.
2.27 miles in 24:09. The whole gang went this morning - myself, my sister-in-law, niece and dog. Short run around the neighborhood.
Last quarter mile or so, we sprinted to the house. I’ve never actually sprinted before and it’s sort of like losing control of your legs. It was fun. My sister-in-law suggests adding speed workouts to my usual trainings. Fartleks. Mowry can’t handle hearing that word and not laughing.
No song pick since I wanted to chat instead of listening to music.
Total Run Streak Mileage: 18.12
Runner’s World magazine announced a Holiday Run Streak last year - run at least 1 mile every day from Thanksgiving Day thru New Years Day.
This time last year, I thought it was a great challenge, albeit a little crazy but I was up to it. I thought it would be a good way to get back into running regularly, especially during the pesky winter months.
I also thought I would start a blog to document the experience. I would blog every day about my mileage & my favorite song (since running for me Is half about the ryn and half about the loud music experience!).
On January 1st I completed my streak (and promptly took a day off!). I was so proud of my accomplishment. 40 days of running, through the holidays, hangovers, super bright & early or late. I increased my mileage and developed a new-found crazy love for top 40 pop music.
Fast forward 1 year and a lot of things have changed. Namely, my love for this crazy sport. It went from love-hate to love-LOVE! I have taken my running to the next level and even completed a half marathon in October. I can officially, proudly & confidently exclaim: I AM A RUNNER! (And I do! If you’re facebook friends with me, you know that for a fact!)
Now here we are on the eve of my second annual (yup, you read that!) Runner’s World Run Streak and once again I’m feeling a bit of anxiety, althoughh different from last year. (I’m actually sitting in the airport with Mowry on our way to Minnesota with our first colds of the season). I’m thinking “how will I feel tomorrow? Will my chest be congested?” “I hope I have time to run every day on this trip!” “I dont want to fail!”
So like last year, here’s my commitment to running & blogging every day from tomorrow thru New Years Day. Here goes nothing!
I decided to give running in the dark after work a shot and drove OUT of my unsafe neighborhood and into the lovely East Side to Blackstone Blvd for a 4-miler. Boy, it was chilly and I wanted to wear more, but for safety’s sake I wore my white long-sleeve since its the most reflective thing I’ve got. Turns out, the only thing 6:30pm DOESN’T have working for it is that its dark out. Other than that, there were plenty of runners & dog walkers with reflective gear & flashlights in hand.
Hence the title of this entry. IT DIDN’T EVEN OCCUR TO ME THAT NORMAL, TOTALLY UN-SCARY PEOPLE HAVE TO WALK THEIR DOGS WHEN THEY GET HOME FROM WORK - even during the winter when it’s pitch black at 6pm.
I guess I sort of just assumed that like I, they just stop going out after 6pm all winter long and instead sit on their butts and eat fantastic one-pot meals, drink delicious wine and end up totally out of shape come Spring. Not the case!
While it was a short run, I felt totally safe so my dilemma is not such a dilemma after all. Plus I ordered this sexy thing to be extra safe:
(If you know me, you know I pretty much don’t care how dorky that thing looks, the camp counselor in me wants to be seen by all!) So I did 4 miles in 39:10, stopping a few times for cars that I knew for sure didn’t see me.
Song pick was a Mowry addition to my playlist. I have a love-hate thing for this song: “Flagpole sitta” by Harvey Danger.
In other news, I hurt my back yesterday. Not like “ouch that felt weird” but more like I was washing the floors and next thing I know I was stuck on the floor!! I mean full on hands & knees. I thought (1) Mike will be home soon or (2) I guess I can call ‘help?’ and my landlords (who live upstairs) will hear me? I finally got up & shook it out but knew I did something wrong. Intense pain & tightness along the lower left-hand side of my back and into my pelvic region. Ouch.
Anyway, to keep a long story short I’ve been alternating ice + heat + Tiger Balm and have my very first chiropractor appointment tomorrow. In fact, it’s feeling a little better tonight, especially after the run & a hot bath, albeit still pretty achey & tender. I think the run did it good. We’ll see…its the same spot that hurt during miles 11 thru 13.1 of my half, so even if it improves even more by morning, I still think its wise to get it checked out. Maybe I’m just trying to see how many ailments I can get before I turn the big 3-0 (P.S. that is happening in just 2 short months).
So, all in all, a positive update on the winter running front. Look for a neon-vested Cindy any day now!
Alright, folks! I’ve got a dilemma on my hands.
Well, maybe that’s a little dramatic. But here’s the situation:
I set out to run 5 miles on the treadmill tonight. I ran 2. And this can’t start happening now otherwise it’s going to be a long long LONG winter. Why did I run on the treadmill tonight? I’ll tell you why.
It’s because I live in New England. And it gets dark here around lunchtime* this time of year and pretty much stays dark ALL THE WAY UNTIL April. I get up in the morning? It’s dark. I get home from work? It’s dark. And it’s not as simple as working a little earlier in order to get home earlier - IT’S DARK ALL OF THE TIME.
And I don’t run in the dark. For two reasons: (1) cars & (2) bad people do bad things in the dark. I know, I know, call me crazy but as a woman I just don’t feel comfortable running in the dark alone.
As a result, in Fall/Winter’s past, I’ve let my running slide a little. I’ve settled on yoga, some kickboxing, maybe a quick 3-miler on the treadmill and an outdoor run or so on the weekends. Because unlike this year, I wasn’t that into running. (I thought I was, but I wasn’t).
But now things have changed. Turns out, with all this running, I’ve learned a few things: (1) that I LOVE running outdoors and (2) I LOVE running more than 3 miles. Conversely, that means (3) I really pretty much HATE running on the treadmill.
So that’s my dilemma: how do I make this work over this fall & winter? I really don’t want to lose the progress I’ve achieved this spring.
What do I do?
Do any of you have experience with a running club? How do I go about getting a running buddy? Oh and p.s. I kind of hate running with others…
Do I run at 5am? It might be dark but it feels a little safer than 7pm when there are cars everywhere…
What do YOU runners do?
*Okay, that was an exaggeration, but still…
Have you guys seen this?
Here’s a little more from knowyourmeme.comAbout
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy (RPG) is a photoshop meme and advice animal featuring a photo of a smiling man called Zeddie Little running in the 2012 Cooper River Bridge Run. The photo gained notoriety online after being posted to the social news website Reddit where users found the man to be exceptionally handsome.Origin
On March 31st, 2012, computer programmer Will King took photographs of runners at the annual Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, South Carolina. King uploaded a set of almost 100 photos to Flickr and Facebook, where one of his friends dubbed the man “Ridiculously Photogenic Guy.” On April 3rd, 2012, King submitted the Flickr photo to the /r/pics subreddit in a post titled “My friend calls him ‘Mr Ridiculously Photogenic Guy’”, which received over 40,000 up votes.
And there’s a tumblr devoted to it. You should check it out: attractiverunningman.tumblr.com/