Ending the streak

When the Runner's World Holiday Run Streak came to an end Sunday, the next day I did what just felt right -- I went for a run. Then I went for another run Tuesday. 41 straight days of running. Today, though, as I shift my focus to Shamrock Half Marathon training, the streak comes to an end. I thought about extending it to 50 days, but that mark is no more special to me than 41. In fact, streaking isn't all that "special" of a thing to me, but it's a lot of fun. Those people who go for 100 days or 1,000 days, I completely understand why -- it's just not for me.

Here are some highlights of running 41 straight days:

  • 3 races (the streak started with the Turkey Trot; Christmas Classic; and Jingle Bell Run)
  • 0 consecutive days of only 1-1.9 miles for "rest" days
  • 114.4 miles
  • Weather ranging from wind chills in the teens (yesterday) to about 60
  • 5 different cities and 2 states -- Lynchburg, Bedford, Roanoke, and Richmond, Va.; and Asheboro, N.C.
  • Wide range of times of day, from as early as about 6:30 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m.
  • Ran in 2 different years
  • Hit 2 big milestones -- hit 1,000 miles for the year Dec. 17 and passed the most miles ever in a year on Dec. 21.