Day 1: 3.12 flat road miles, 9:29 pace
Day 2: 2 flat road miles, 09:18 pace
Day 3: 5.02 hilly trail miles,11:06 pace
Day 4: 1.08 flat road miles, 9:22 pace
Day 5: 3.61 flat road miles, 9:43 pace
Day 6: 1.01 hilly road miles, 10:21 pace
Day 7: 3 tempo treadmill miles, 8:49 pace
Day 8: 3.75 hilly trail miles, 10:05 pace
Day 9: 1.5 tempo treadmill miles, 09:09 pace
TOTAL: 24.09 miles in 9 days!
You think I would be tired, but somehow managed to pull this off!
This streak is teaching me that it’s actually a LOT easier to know you are going to go for a run every single day than it is to plan to go just 3 or 4 days a week. Other than being hyper-aware that my Garmin and iPod are always charged, I haven’t really been thinking too much about where, when or how long I’ll go. I just trust I’ll run no matter what and figure the rest out when I get there- no advance planning needed. For someone like me, who plans every last second and detail of my life, that’s really freeing.
I’m also breaking out of my running rut- how weird is that?! Honestly, I was getting a bit bored with running but the past 9 days, I’ve gone somewhere different and that’s really a lot of fun. There are so many different trails here in the Bay Area and I want to try them all- I could never do a streak like this with the same routes over and over and over again. I really look forward to running someplace new. Every. Single. Day.
I am also learning that it FEELS GREAT! Surprisingly so! I thought I would be tired running day after day but, on other other hand, I’ve had a few really great, speedy runs in the middle of this streak and have noticed how easy it is for my legs to get going than it is with even just a couple days off. My muscles are getting tighter, so I’m having to stretch and roll a lot more but all that is just gravy and it is sure is paying off!
Lake Merritt in the Winter (my regular route + cold + wind + rain = UGH)
Now that the rainy season is upon us, my sense of adventure may be relegated to just running faster on the treadmill at the gym but that’s okay, I don’t mind too much. Running fast on the treadmill is really easy so I hope that my speed work (yeah, I know! ME doing speed work?!?!?! That’s the streak talking, I swear!) on the treadmill will result in some better skill on the road- with the combination of this streak and the arrival of Winter, I can actually commit to treadmill work! Something I NEVER thought I would say!
Are you participating in the Runner’s World run streak? How is it going? If not, you can get started anytime- GO FOR IT- and let me know how it goes! And fellow treadmill runners, any tips for me??