12.28.2012

Running Streak Day 365

Do I continue to run?

I truly feel blessed for each run I do as I realize it is a precious gift to actually have the time and ability to run, no matter what the pace. Each day could be a celebration but along the past 365 days I have selected certain milestones to celebrate: one month, 100 days, 200 days, 365 days, etc.. It was a means to break a huge goal into small segments and to recognize how far I have come. I love numbers and I tend to tie them into my celebrations...even the days building up to the next milestone.

For example, on running streak day 363 I ran for 36 minutes and 30 seconds. I threw in some Yasso's and ended up running 4.05 miles. It was awesome! Yesterday I ran 3.64 miles for day 364. It was an easy run, but fun. And the whole time I pondered what I was going to do today. How would I make it special? What number game could I play? 3.65 miles just didn't seem enough. And I agree with a Daily Miler friend, 365 miles seems a bit out of reach.

Yes, I took a pic of the moon!
I had lots of ideas swimming around in my head this morning but then I couldn't take my eyes off the moon. Well, I kinda had to since I was driving but you get the point. It was beautiful. It was so big. It was shining down on me and seemed to be smiling as I drove down the hill. And then it dawned on me....it didn't matter what I ran today. The time didn't matter. The distance didn't matter. All that mattered was running. I was blessed to be able to run today, on day 365, before work. I was blessed that darling daughter is off of school and in dear hubby's care as that meant, I didn't have to be so strict on my time. I could go into work a wee late and work a little extra at the end of the day. That was a great feeling.

So I ran for an hour at my easy pace bringing me to 6.0 miles for today. I would love to say I felt as light as air but that would be lying. My body felt a bit heavy but I still enjoyed myself and was smiling from time to time. I think I am just tired and the constant yawning before starting my run supports this theory.

So what's next?

I keep on running. You see, the first day of my running streak was December 29, 2011 so tomorrow is my true streakaversary so I must run then, right? And my goal was to run every day in 2012 so I gotta keep going? I am not going to not make my goal on the mere fact that I ran a year's worth of days consecutively on a small technicality that I started my streak early. And come January 1, 2013....I will still run. I have no plans to stop my streak just for a flip of a calendar page. When I posted my ambitious goal in 2011 I had doubts. I now know I can do it...I can run daily...and it works for me. So for every day I wake up wanting to run, I will run.

But please note, some days my mind doesn't want to run and my body still does so I run. I just don't want to leave the impression that I wake up eager each day to lace up. But I never regret lacing up. And sometimes my runs get postponed in the day but I still run...and sometimes those are the runs I cherish the most.

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for the beautiful moon.
Daily Affirmation: I am learning skills and techniques that provide personal empowerment and control over my own life experiences.

10 comments:

  1. Congrats on making it to 365, that's a huge accomplishment

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  2. Congrats to you! What an awesome accomplishment, I love to run but I can honestly say it would be very tough to motivate myself to do it every single day. Great job.

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  3. Congrats on 365!! You've almost got 2012 locked up. Your dedication is inspirational!!

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  4. Your amazing and such a blessing! See you in Feb/March!

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  5. Great job :)
    Very proud of you.

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  6. Congrats on a HUGE accomplishment! You need to register with USRSA.
    I agree that there are days when I didn't love the idea of running but I did love the run once I had started it. And those few off days were never enough to end what I think is a way of daily life. No matter if you keep the daily running streak going or not, a committment to fitness is something you won't ever stop. you are inspiring!

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  7. Awesome. Just awesome.

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  8. Congratulations on such a huge accomplishment. I hope you are so proud of yourself!

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  9. Congratulations! I remember way back when you started the streak. I knew you would do it. Huge accomplishment and very inspiring. I've thought of you many times this year when I didn't feel like heading out for one of my scheduled runs. I knew that you were doing it, and so could I. Congrats!

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  10. WOW! You are amazing girl!!!

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