Well, I have done it again. Streaking, that is.
This was, hands down, my easiest running streak. Ever.
|A very warm run (temps in the 50's) had me positively giddy|
Like last year, I wanted to do every run outside. Kind of a grandiose scheme, considering I live in Iowa (and it is the winter season, none the less).
The Runner's World Holiday Streak began on Thanksgiving Day and concluded on New Year's Day. Runners were encouraged to run at least one mile everyday, but can run longer distances if they choose.
My streak started a couple blocks from my driveway (Turkey Trotting) and concluded on a beach in Santa Monica while on vacation in California.
As mentioned, this streak seemed much easier than the other four streaks I have done.
For one thing, we had very mild weather in Iowa....a few days had some cold temps and rainy conditions, but no snow on the ground until Christmas Eve. Christmas Day found me cross country running on the grounds of the nearby golf course due to icy road conditions. Not to worry, because a day later I found myself streaking across the Golden Gate Bridge!
The majority of my streaking runs were in the evening hours. My job as kept me very busy, giving me limited availability for daytime running. And that's alright. I was not training for anything major, so there was no need for excessive miles.
I take my off-season very seriously. Running the minimum daily mile was not a stress on my body whatsoever. In fact, I think getting outside every day did my body good, and I actually looked forward to lacing up and heading outside, even if it was only for one mile on some days.
My total streaking mileage came in around 92 miles, which is a conservative approximation. I seldom have my GPS watch with me, and the routes that are 5K's are "rounded down" (for simplicity's sake), so there are several "(.1) miles" not accounted for. I'm alright with that, too.
Technically, this Streak is meant to end on New Years Day. Well, I spent that day (after a very early wake-up) at the Tournament of Roses Parade, speed-walking, stair-running (parking ramp), more speed-(hilly)walking to/from the Rose Bowl game, and more stair-running. I had a 5K race the next morning, so I decided to forego that daily mile on January 1st. After the previous 36 days of streaking (and 92+ miles run), I decided all was (indeed) good. I'm alright with that as well.
Here's some additional highlights and memories from this Streak:
|Christmas Eve...we (finally) have snow in Iowa!|
|Another cold (and rainy) run|
|One of the very few day time runs|
|Santa's Snow Shuffle...yes, I am running bare-legged in a Santa outfit...in Iowa...in December|
|Concluding the Streak on the beach path of Santa Monica (in my UofI Hawkeye colors)|
|The day after....another beach run, this one in Huntington Beach on January 2nd|
Have you ever done a running streak? What are your thoughts on daily running? Do you take an off-season?
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