At the end of May, a friend posted information to a 30 Day Run Streak, called Streaking With The Cool Kids. The idea was for participants to run, jog, or walk one dedicated mile every day of June.
At first, I was intimidated by the idea of sticking with a streak. I had some travel scheduled in June, and was nervous about having the time and space to log one dedicated mile per day, especially at camp in central Georgia. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, though, so I decided to try.
Why A Run Streak?
I don’t know? Breaking out of the comfort zone is something I preach, so I guess it was time. I got excited over the graphic, the accountability, and the sense of trying something new. I was encouraged by the idea that I could run, jog, or walk, and that didn’t seem absolutely unreasonable. So… why NOT a run streak?
Was It Difficult?
Not exactly. if I got up and got moving right away, it was fine. The hardest days were at Scouts camp, where I had to remember to set my watch and go for a dedicated mile walk (I walked miles and miles worth of steps each day, but to honor the challenge, I had to make a point to walk a timed mile daily). The worst was departure day, but I used my trips from our campsite to the parking lot to count for my day.
How Did It Feel?
It felt good. There were a few days where I might have just said “meh” and not laced up at all, but the goal of making it to (at least) 30 days kept me going. Moving forward is part of what helps me get through each day, so this 30 day run streak cemented how I live my life instead of compelling to do something way off brand. I embraced the consistency.
What Was Your Favorite Part Of The Run Streak?
If I had to choose a favorite part, it was the accountability. I work really well when I’m checking things off a list, and 30 days of at least one mile every day was right up my alley. In addition, I loved being part of the #StreakingWithTheCOOLKIDS movement and fed off the energy of that group.
What Was Your Least Favorite Part?
The laundry. Seriously. Making a more concerted effort to be out every single day seemed to lead to so much more laundry. And hair washing. Is it just me?
What Were The Stats?
So for the month of June (and as of the writing of this post), I logged a total of 115 miles. My shortest daily distance was exactly one mile, and my longest continuous workout was seven miles. Not too shabby! This was a shorter month because of recovery from my wisdom tooth extraction, and trail, but that’s ok. It’s stupidly hot in summer, and Florida runners know to cut it back this time of year.
Am I Going To Continue?
A few people have asked if I plan to continue the streak, and my answer is “if I can.” Will my body permit to actually run every day forevermore? Absolutely not. However, walking is excellent for my stiff ankle, and I do try to log at least 3.5 miles every day. If I’m honest, I run or walk nine days out of ten, so it’s not a huge stretch to just keep going. However, the last thing I want is to feel pressure about it, so I’m going to keep a more internal log of my streak, rather than publishing it, unless I hit some kind of big milestone. I think that’s a fair way to handle everything.
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