January Run Streak-First 12 days in review!

Day 1

So I’ve decided to embark on my first Run Streak. Oh, and this could very well be my last one. You may be wondering why I would be interested in running at least one mile every day, particularly in the middle of the winter. Actually, I saw the challenge somewhere in a Facebook post and for the month of January and thought I could handle this for at least one month. Also, I forgot to mention that I am also training for a half marathon which we will get to later.  So, my first day out I decided to attend a fun run hosted by a couple of local running clubs in the area because after all it is pretty much freezing and I would have some company to commensurate with while out on the trail. This turned out to be a great event although the trail was partly flooded from downpours the past couple of days and forced us to turn back and completing only two and half of a four mile run. I was actually a little giddy and didn’t even mind having to run a hill on the way back since it was much better than the prospect of having to run 4 miles in below 30 degree temperature. – 2.50 miles

Day 2

IMG_1863Still can’t believe I signed up for this half marathon, but I did. Now that I am committed I can’t always run alone so I organized group runs. So back up and at it before sunrise in frigid temperatures again. Although, I wasn’t sure anyone would show, one brave soul decided to join me, at least until she had to depart for work. I continued to press on for second lap. 3.23 miles

 

Day 3

Although, it is another frigid day I was excited because I was invited on a group run with some acquaintances from my gym. So, the group decided to run about 6-7 miles but at least two other people needed to turn around and head back early and I planned to join them. The run started out at a nice and easy pace with part trails and street scenery.  We spent the first 3 miles running and conversing about upcoming races then something happened. Someone’s fancy little app notified us that we had just completed 3 miles then the talking ceased and I could feel me feet leaving me quicker and quicker with each pounding of the ground. What do you know, we were all done and back at the parking lot just like we started and finished out with a pace of a minute and half quicker. 4 miles

Day 4

My legs are tired and I really didn’t feel like running outside this morning. However, I only needed to run one mile to keep my streak going, so that’s what I planned. At about 10 minutes into my run I heard my app assistant let me know that I have reached “one mile”. I should stopped but I kept going until I reach my doorstep. 1.38 miles

Day 5

Still cold outside and I just couldn’t conceive of running outside today so I hit the gym for my first indoor run of the year. I wanted to run at least 2 miles so I pondered, do I run a required 28 laps around the indoor track or hop on the dreadmill. Ok, since I was really not in the mood to run like a rat in a maze, I got on the treadmill. 20 minutes later I am done.  2.00 miles

Day 6

Back to the gym for cardio. Today I decided to add the elliptical and finish up with the treadmill. Today was a treat, had my good friend to join me for the elliptical and upper body and core workout. 3.00 miles

Day 7

I was alone, back outside and yes, it was frigid!!! Still, I am committed so even though my mind wanted me to stop my legs pressed on until I heard my digital friend from my app announce to me in ear “4 miles”. I quickly began to slow my pace and look over only to hear a friendly voice ask “have you ran yet” and my response, almost gleefully “I’m done”.  4.00miles

Day 8

Today I took it slow and easy at an 11 minute pace.  1.00 mile

Day 9

Back outside for my Saturday group run and not sure who was going to show. The group is struggling to make it out today so we were down to 3 people and two of whom were walking. I was the lone runner today. Not sure if it was possible but I planned for the best. At the end of the first mile I questioned my commitment but with each additional mile my feet were beginning to relax and feel as though they knew what to do. I’m winning. 5.00 miles

Day 10

Still feeling a high from yesterday’s 5 mile run so I was in no rush to head outside. I decided to stick to the neighborhood, soak up the sun and take this run at a nice pace. This must be the warmest day of my runs this year with the temps sitting right at 60 degrees. I even felt a little warm during what felt like a relatively quick run.  1.50 miles

Day 11

In the gym to do some strength training alone with cardio. Feeling pretty good about arriving at the gym early enough to beat out all the crowds over on the gym floor, flexing IMG_1519with the free weights. 2o minutes of stationary bike riding and off to 10 minutes on the treadmill before weights.  1.00 miles

Day 12

Today I had to make time for the pool and cardio but I really didn’t feel like another treadmill session. So I decided to head out for a quick run then over to the gym to practice my breast stroke in the pool, which is another story.  1.64 mile

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