Sunday, May 27, 2012

Running Break, Vacation and Runner's World Summer Running Streak!

I took exactly one week off of running after the Brooklyn Half Marathon.  At the end of 2011, I planned on running exactly one half marathon during the early months of 2012.  Five months later, I've run three, and raced two.  (The Manhattan Half marathon doesn't count as a race for me, since I ended up running it a day late, by myself.)  But I definitely gave the NYC Half and Brooklyn Half my all.  Since I've never done so many weeks of training and half marathons in a row (which I know is nothing for most people!) I decided I wanted to give myself a break and take a week off.

I was really sore after Brooklyn, so was okay the first few days without running.  But by Wednesday, day 4, I wanted to get back out there.  On Thursday, we left for Traverse City, Michigan, which would have been the perfect place to run everyday!

But I still waited.  Instead, I ate.  A LOT. And stayed up way too late many nights in a row. And went wine tasting.

On Saturday, one week after Brooklyn, I finally went for a slow, 3 mile run along the lake.  It was great to get back out there, even just for a short run.  Now I'm excited to be back to running on a normal basis again!  Or perhaps not so normal.

Last week, while taking my running break, I saw a Twitter post about the Runner's World Summer Running Streak and was intrigued.  I've never run more than 4 days in a row.  And now I'm going to attempt to run 38 days in a row.  While the mileage isn't a problem (if I only run 1 or 2 miles three days a week), the heat, showering situation and making myself get out there every day might be!

I'm not a morning person. AT ALL.  I struggle to wake up at 8am, 9am, 11am, or 4pm from a nap.  (Hmm, maybe I just have a sleeping problem!)  The Runner's World Running Streak means I'll either have to wake up to run everyday before work, or shower twice a day if I wait to run after work.  I suppose some days it'll be so hot that I'll want to shower twice, but that gets old, and my hairdresser would not be pleased with me washing my hair twice a day! :) So, stay tuned and check back for updates to see if I make it 3 or 4 days, or 38 days!  The Streak starts tomorrow!

What's the maximum number of days you've run in a row?  Are you trying the Runner's World Summer Running Streak?

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to try it, too! Like you, the logistics of just getting out there are going to be the hardest part for me. Plus, the showering...I hate taking 2 showers a day!