Runstreak Day 365…And Counting
I have been running every day for a year. I can finally stop since I met the initial goal of the runstreak. But now that I am here, I am not sure that I want to stop. Everything I dislike about running every day is almost always balanced by everything I like about running every day. I know someday I will stop but I just am not sure when.
Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, I did not take daily notes like Lee did for his New Year’s Runstreak so I wanted to share some of the high/low-lights as well as the stats:
Total Distance: 1,962.15 mi
Avg Daily Distance: 5.23 mi
Total Duration: 284 hours, 16 minutes, 46 seconds
Avg Daily Duration: 45 minutes, 29 seconds
Total Calories Burned: 243,579
- Runstreak day #27. The squirrel leaping from the top of the privacy fence, over the sidewalk, onto the telephone pole was the best parkour I ever witnessed.
- Runstreak day #38. Felt great from the first step. I hope I feel this good on Saturday. Long run day. (Thursday)
- Runstreak day #40. Ugh (Saturday)
- Runstreak day #125. Tripped on a curb at about 4 miles. The combat roll saved my face but my knees got the worst of it.
- Runstreak day #209. At the top of the big hill, I yelled, “f— you hill”. No walking. I was motivated by Nicole ‘s no walk 10 miles yesterday.
- Runstreak day #271. Good news. My hip hurt so much that my knee felt great in comparison.
- Runstreak Day #338. I miss my beard.
I think the most difficult part was the amount of time this takes and right now I am batting the pros and cons back and forth of continuing the runstreak:
- Following a schedule of running every day takes the guesswork out of the “do I have to run today” question
- The increased mileage has significantly helped in many areas — endurance, race performance and metabolism (more beer)
- I am kind of a minor celebrity in my small town
- Running hurt is very difficult at times and makes me feel like a “whiner” sometimes
- It is a struggle to make enough time in the day when I miss the morning run so I can have a normal non-running life
- I am not really a minor celebrity in my small town
Now the only questions I have to answer is when to stop? Why should I stop?