12.30.2013

Running Streak: My 2 year anniversary

In 2011 I set the goal to run every day in 2012. On December 30, 2011, I thought, why not start today? At the end of 2012 I was hooked on the positive changes in my life - primarily, I was healthier - so I said, why not run every day in 2013? Yes, I know 2013 isn't over yet and yes, I will run tomorrow, but today marks my anniversary. A day to celebrate. Another milestone passed. And I celebrated by sleeping in as I felt awful from head to toe last night. I went to bed with a hot water bottle in one arm (you know, the kind you are meant to cuddle up with) and darling daughter in my other arm telling me it will all be okay.

I woke up in the middle of the night to a no longer hot water bottle and climbed out of the bed, found some socks, rubbed Vicks on the bottom of my feet, put my socks on, and went back to bed (don't ask me why but this always makes me feel less achy all over). Dear hubby heard me and rubbed my feet some. Eventually I fell back to sleep.

When my alarm went off at 4:00 am I wanted to get up and go to the gym. I feared getting an earful if I did from a loving husband so I opted to sleep more and run after work. I knew I would run today. I knew it was an easy, low mileage day even if it was an anniversary. I ran two miles after work and followed it up with some nice yoga focused on flexibility. I feel 110% better.

I am grateful for my running streak and look forward to hitting more milestones. Do I see an end in sight? Absolutely not! Is it an obsession? Some may say so but in all reality, being "obsessed" with running daily, taking time to take care of myself physically and mentally is an "obsession" I wouldn't want to give up anytime soon. Is brushing my teeth everyday an obsession? What about if I brush them more than once? And yes, there are days I run more than once. Shocking and amazing! And this I direct to myself - years ago I would have doubted I could run everyday. I took the challenge wondering how far I could go I doubted I would last a year. I am glad I don't set limits on myself and am willing to keep pushing myself to see just what I am capable of.

Happy Running!

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful for those who support my running streak.
Daily Affirmation: I have wonderful things to offer to the world!

7 comments:

  1. Wow that's amazing that you've been run streaking that long! I only started on Thanksgiving, but I totally know what you mean and I'm not really sure if I'll stop right away. I kind of love having that "me" time every day, especially when I'm stressed out and busy! Congrats on 2 years streaking!

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  2. that's totally awesome! i had a good running streak going for awhile, but had to stop. keep at it while ya can! :)

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  3. Congrats, Erica! I'm always so impressed by your streaking. :)

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  4. The part that spoke to me was "not setting limits".

    Happy running in 2014

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  5. Hope you have a wonderful year of running in 2014.

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  6. Thanks for all the love and support!

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  7. Awesome job on the continued process. AMAZING. Keep it up.

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