Run Streak Complete!

What did my run streak teach me?

For the first time in my life, I have successfully completed a run streak of more than 30 days. Starting on Thanksgiving day, I have run at least one mile, finishing today, New Year’s Day. I averaged almost 17 miles per week. I’ve certainly had weeks with more mileage overall, but the consistency of the run streak was rewarding. Here’s what I learned:

After my first run of my streak on Thanksgiving Day! I was at the beach with my immediate family.
  • Daily runs won’t kill me. I really feared it would make me more prone to injury. I think keeping the overall mileage low was key for this for me, as was having a good running base to begin with. 
  • My brain enjoyed the daily meditation time. Like most runners, I use the time on my feet to sort out all kinds of life’s issues. A daily dose of blowing off steam was hugely beneficial. My mood has been happier overall in the past month.
  • Although my actual running pace is not much faster, I’m able to avoid walk breaks for my 3-6 mile runs at this point, making me faster overall. This marks a significant improvement in my overall cardiopulmonary endurance, and it’s another sign of progress from being sick in August with a presumptive case of Covid. But I’m still hugely frustrated that I’m slow. I see speed work in my future…
  • I have mental blocks on some of my most common running routes where I almost always take a walk break. Pushing through my shorter runs to keep going has helped me overcome a few of those places where my brain begs to walk. 
  • Running in the dark can be fun. I haven’t really run pre-dawn or post dusk in quite some time. When I worked full time, I would definitely meet friends in the pre-dawn hours to fit in my longer midweek marathon training runs, but these were in the summer. In the winter months, I never found the need to do this, and would often use the lack of sunlight as an excuse to not run. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed having a Noxgear vest to stay visible during my night runs. 
My first night run with my Noxgear vest! I did figure out it was on upside down.
  • Knowing I’m going to run takes the planning out of my workouts. Sometimes I would go to the gym, do some piddly cardio, and then lack direction with whatever strength training I was going to do besides my basic planned olympic lift. But going into my day with the intention of running at some point kept me focused on that run streak goal.

I’m glad that I shared that I was doing this. Sending the goal into the universe held me accountable to achieve it. If you follow me on Instagram, you may be tired of my daily running posts! I mean, if you didn’t post about your run, did it really happen? Ha!

After my last run of the streak today!

Is a run streak for everyone? Maybe not. But it was a fun goal to check off the bucket list, and I’ve proven a little something to myself about discipline. 37 days, but it’s done! What’s next? I hope to get back to some olympic weight lifting now that my streak is over. I’ll stick to my winter running schedule until half marathon training begins in a few weeks! I’ve got the Sports Backers Half Marathon in March and the Blue Ridge Half Marathon in April on the calendar. Thanks to Runner’s World Magazine for the inspiration!

The last month of running as captured by my Garmin!

Happy New Year! Have you ever completed a run streak? If so, what did you learn about yourself? I’d love to hear about it! As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.

Published by annecreates

I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, Goodr, Noxgear, and Switch4Good.

13 thoughts on “Run Streak Complete!

  1. Congratulations on completing the running streak. I have yet to muster up the courage to do so. I’m afraid my older body requires a rest day or two. I might be surprised. I love the things you learned about yourself in the process.

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    1. Thank you! I had the same concerns (fears, really!) but I think for me, keeping the overall mileage low was of great benefit to preventing issues as well as having a finite period of time for the streak. I’m 46, for the record, so definitely not a spring chicken!

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