Have you all heard? I have been streaking!
Not running naked (sans clothing), mind you. I'm pretty open minded, but running in the buff ain't gonna happen for me (you can thank me later). I have done the majority of these streak runs, though, via a different kind of "naked," sans music or technology. And I have done all of them outdoors.
Here's a few highlights and a few runfessions about this experience...
First of all, let me runfess that this streak did not begin with the greatest attitude. I have done the Runner's World Winter Streak for the past five years, so it feels like an annual obligation now (previous recaps from 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). Since I know it's for a relatively short time (Thanksgiving through New Years Day), I temporarily ignore all my misgivings about the (potential) dangers of daily running. This year, however, I was just coming off a really tough marathon. My hamstrings and glutes (and, I believe ALL of their corresponding tendons) were feeling alright, but not great. I'd had a month of recovery, but I knew I was not quite back to my old self yet. I made a promise to myself (and to anyone who was listening) that I would try streaking for a week or so, and bail on it if things would begin to feel worse.
|Thanksgiving morning...three miles to start the 2018 Winter Streak|
|And the Streak goes on.....|
|One of the few runs with actual snowflakes!|
|Some of my runs happened after work, amidst the holiday lights|
|How can you not love a beautiful sunrise, especially in your running shoes?|
|Yes, I did a lot of my Streak runs in festive, holiday-inspired gear.|
The main reason I even consider doing this run streak each winter is because I have nothing else happening (training-wise). All of my fall races are over, and there's quite a bit of time before any of my spring events need attention. The handful of winter races (in January and February) do not require any excessive or specific training, so I am able to take an authentic off-season after the Streak ends. For myself, it's a perfect ending to a near-perfect year.
This particular Streak seemed especially easy this year. Thankfully, 2018 was a pretty strong year for me in terms of running. A lot of that was due to my attitude of gratitude (being sidelined for three months in 2017 gave me a substantial spotlight of the "bigger picture"), and I did not take any run for granted. Also, this year's winter weather was optimal for daily streaking, I even was able to do a couple of my runs in shorts; believe me, that does NOT happen in Iowa very often during this time of year. Some ask me why I do these streaks each winter, and my reply is "Why not?"
So there you have it. All of my 2018 runfessions have been runfessed....here's to a fresh start to 2019!
Enough about me...it's your turn. Any runfessions that need to be shared? Has it been a great winter thus far? Any plans for 2019?
I'm linking this with Marcia for the monthly Runfessions link-up.
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.