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.


  1. Anonymous7:49 AM

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

  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.

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

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

  5. Great job :)
    Very proud of you.

  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!

  7. Awesome. Just awesome.

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

  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!

  10. WOW! You are amazing girl!!!


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