The Runner’s World #RWRunStreak is officially over and while I didn’t run at least a mile every day between Memorial Day and 4th of July, I think I did pretty darn well.
I had a rough start to the challenge, missing a couple days right in that first week. Then, MapMyFitness didn’t register one of my runs (probably because I barely did 1 mile). But starting Thursday, June 5th, I think I did a great job. I ran every day except for one day where Eric and I went for a 35 mile bike ride and the day after when I rode by bike to and from work (but didn’t get a run in). That is 30 solid days in a row of some kind of solid fitness.
So what did I learn this past month? That my legs are tired and need a break every now and then. A lot of nights, I passed out on the couch before 9pm even rolled around-probably because of how much I’ve been working my body. I also learned that working out every day does not necessarily cause me to lose more weight than I would while taking rest days, as I am exactly the same weight as I was 30 dad ago (aka, still 7 pounds over goal, grrrr).
However, I also learned how easy it is to just run 1 mile. There were a lot of days where I told myself “Dude, you’re working really hard right now, so just go out there and put in 10 mins.” And BAM, less than 10 minutes later, I was done. (I also ran my fastest mile, under 8:30… And it was after a few hours of eating and drinking hard ciders so who knows what my potential is under better circumstances!).
Finally, now that I’m done with the 30 days and I’m also tapering in preparation for this weekend’s Narragansett Half Marathon, I’m having a hard time “being ok” with not running every morning. I took Tuesday off, my first real break (well, I did bike to work) and during the day started to consider checking out RunFellow, a new running group in the Somerville/Cambridge area that was having it’s first run on Tuesday night. When I got home, I remembered “Oh wait, I’m NOT supposed to run today. Right. Keep sitting.”
I think I’ll try the run streak again in the winter, when I need that extra motivation to get outside and I won’t be biking as much. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how I did this time around.
Today is another non-run day (although it was a bike-to-work day). Tomorrow I’ll do another 3 miles. Saturday I’ll rest (and by rest, I mean shop all day long with Sarah). Sunday I’ll run. Wish me luck!