The last time I did a running streak, I ended it feeling really out of it. It was the second time I've attempted some sort of streak and it just left me unsatisfied after hindsight set in. Fast forward a couple of years and I found myself intrigued once again by the Runner's World challenge to run at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day.
I didn't think about it too much -- I decided a couple of days before it started to go ahead and do it. Nothing else has been normal about this year, so I figured this could be a good way to end the year and enter 2014.
After kicking things off with a race in Ohio, then easing my way through the first week and then doing the Surf 'n' Santa 10 Miler, I was really looking forward to getting through the month with a mile or two here and there, and a handful of 3-4 mile runs. Nothing big. Nothing crazy. Enjoying running to run.
The day after Surf 'n' Santa, my throat hurt a bit, but I squeezed in a mile between periods of rain and sleet. That afternoon I had a low-grade fever. Nothing much to really worry about though.
Monday morning, my hands hurt. I could see small red spots showing up. I thought about running a mile just to keep the streak alive, but by that afternoon my feet had the same feeling as my hands.
On a pain scale of 1-10, I'd say it was only a 2. It felt like my foot was asleep after sitting for a long time, only it wasn't going away. The red spots only intensified.
I self-diagnosed myself with hand, foot and mouth disease -- mostly a children's illness, but it was something I didn't have when I was younger.
On Tuesday I finally opted to go to the doctor just to make sure that was it. Sure enough, that's what it was. Tuesday night and early Wednesday were the worst. Then as quickly as it hit, it started to go away.
I opted to let things heal before running again. The run streak became a runless streak of 6 days, nearly ending a streak I re-started last year after being sidelined from the flu of running at least a mile a week.
I took Monday off and today I agreed with myself to get the streak going again. It'll only be 2 weeks, but I don't want the "disease" to be a defining moment for me.
As I look ahead to these two weeks, I also want to end the final full week of the year recapturing one of my biggest highlights of the year -- running 26.2 miles for the week.
You can see my post from earlier this year of why I did it. It meant so much to me for a variety of reasons that I want to do it again ...