Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Keep on running....RWRunStreak & 1000 mile update

Today is day 35 of my Runner's World Holiday Run Streak - I've run at least 2 miles every day since Thanksgiving, and will have racked up 240 miles during the streak by the time I finish on New Year's Eve, which will be day 38, and I've also got in a couple of races during the streak too, to bring me up to 12 races completed during the year.  Woohoo! :D  Even as I write this, it seems crazy that I'm writing about myself - these are things I never thought I could achieve!  However, although I know that my fitness has really improved by running so much, and my times are better, my body is starting to feel a bit battered, and I'm in dire need of a decent sports massage, and am really looking forward to having a day off on New Year's Day!!

My mileage during the streak has been much higher than usual because as well as trying to keep the run streak going, my other challenge has been to complete my 1000 miles run in 2011...and although a few weeks ago I really couldn't see how I was going to manage it, with just a few days left until the end of 2011, I know that I'm going to get there.

I wont deny that the last few weeks have, at times, been a struggle, and a few times I've come close to throwing in the towel, but I'm really proud to be able to say that I stuck with it - mainly by considering the stupid things I'd done so far to keep the streak going, and knowing that to justify those, I had to complete it!  When I say stupid things, I mean like going to the office Christmas party after a full day at work, drinking (a very restricted amount!) and dancing, coming home, and then going out for a run at midnight - that was the evening I realised that running really has made me insane ;)

Another motivator has been the number of friends on twitter and dailymile who have also been following the Runner's World Run Streak, or have been trying to get to their 1000 miles (although most of them didn't leave it as late as I did to start getting the miles in!).  They have all really helped me to keep going when it's hard, and a particular shout-out to Jamie Ross (aka @lardyboy2011) who has a blog (here) and is on twitter, and who completed his 1000 miles last week.

So, all is well in the world, and I'm very proud of myself that I have kept on running, and hopefully I've set myself up well for marathon training which starts next week! No rest for the wicked...or for the marathon runner...and anyway,. who really wants to sit on the sofa when we could be out running! :P 

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