Round 2: The 2013 Runner's World Holiday Running Streak
|Running in 7"+ of snow (2 miles) in Winter Park, Colorado |
during last year's Runner's World Holiday Running Streak.
Who's joining the 2013 Runner's World Holiday Running Streak? Last year, I started a small virtual running group (feel free to join us) where a handful of us completed the streak while others may have missed a day here or there but still came away a winner by staying active in the winter. This group is something I am so thankful for this Thanksgiving as we've continued to share our daily workouts, success stories, milestones, injuries, race reports, even personal struggles as we've encouraged each other to "keep it movin'" over the past year. We've become a virtual family leaning on one another to stay active and I am so excited to celebrate our 1-year anniversary with our second Runner's World Holiday Running Streak challenge.
Who's with us?
Run 1-mile every single day starting on Thanksgiving (November 28) to New Year's Day (and yes, you have to run 1-mile
hungover on January 1).
Last year I extended the Runner's World Holiday Running Streak and ran for 50 consecutive days while training for the Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon (translation: long runs+no rest days=depleted legs). I ran in temperatures less than 20 degrees and even 7"+ of snow in Winter Park, Colorado. We moved to the mountains and back during the streak due to a family emergency and after a 15-hour drive from Colorado to Illinois I still went downstairs to put in my 1-mile on my mom's treadmill...pajamas and all.
My point? The Runner's World Holiday Running Streak was (and still is) one of the hardest yet most rewarding challenges I've ever done. It was as much of a challenge mentally as it was physically. I gained strength by exhausting my legs (which I believe helped to achieve my first sub-4 at RNRAZ). I gained confidence which helped my mental game as it took every ounce of determination to keep going. I gained new friends and I indulged during the holidays without gaining inches on the waistline.
Most importantly, I gained an appreciation for my body, its capabilities and just felt so incredibly blessed to be a healthy human being and have two working legs.
**If you're a previous streaker (of the running kind), please share your experience and what you learned in the comments section to encourage others.**
If you have any questions, peep RW's list of FAQ from last year's running streak.
Note: Although I am contradicting the rules, I think if you have a family member or friend that isn't into running or physically cannot run it is okay to challenge that person to walk 1-mile a day. After all, this is about promoting healthy living.
ARE YOU GOING STREAKING THIS YEAR?
Don't forget to post your progress with the hashtag #RWRunStreak!
READ THIS MAN'S STORY AS HE CONTINUES TO RUN 1-MILE (OR MORE) A DAY SINCE STARTING THE STREAK IN 2011.