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Streaking. Not streaking. Streaking.

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.

Hand, foot and mouth diseaseOn 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 ...

2011: Top 5 running moments

These past couple of weeks have been fun reflecting on what happened in 2011. Today I bring you the last of my lists with my top running moments of the year. Narrowing down the top 5 running moments of the year is hard, but honestly anything longer than that is boring and diluted. Anything beyond 5 is like having honorable mentions, which I will not do. This list is completely different from my top 5 racing moments of 2011 – this list is more broad and not necessarily as focused on one specific moment.

5. Monument Avenue 10k While this was my No. 1 racing moment this year, it's definitely not the top running moment. It was huge though, but from an overall perspective it wasn't as important to me as other things on this list. Gradually building my mileage in the first quarter of the year, getting back to the start line and then setting a PR, though, still make this a great moment.

4. The Holiday Run Streak In a few months, perhaps this will be higher on the list; it's actually tough for me to include this here as it's happening now with another day to go. That said, my running streak through Jan. 1 is teaching me a lot about running for the sake of running. It's fun to just go out and run with training pretty far from my mind. I've run in the rain, in the wind, in awkwardly warm December weather, through neighborhoods brightly lit by Christmas lights; and included a few races to close out the year.

3. "Most ever" moments It's important to me to not confuse "most ever" with "best ever." When it comes to this year, I won't touch the "best ever" phrase. I'll just use "best so far." And with that nod comes many "most ever" moments this year -- most weekly mileage (41.5 from Sept. 5-11); most ever miles in a month (135 in August and September); most ever mileage in a year (1,040.4); most ever races (13); and most ever consecutive races (4 in 4 weeks) are the highlights.

2. Watching my son race I’ve learned a lot this year about running by watching my son. He has fun; he notices things like barns off in the distance in a race; and he runs just to run. If you don’t have kids, I highly suggest that you watch a kids race. Not the one with 10 or 11 year olds – the real kids race where everyone is under 5 years old. You’ll learn a lot.

1. Baltimore Marathon This “moment” isn’t about that specific October day – it’s about the rush of signing up in April with no idea whether I could run anything beyond 6 miles; the gradual buildup of mileage through June; training through summer and early fall; not feeling 100% on race day; crossing the finish line itself; and being injury free after.

Baltimore Marathon finisher certificate

As for what's coming in 2012? I'm not making a schedule for the year like many bloggers are doing -- I have my focus on the Shamrock Half in March and I may still do a spring marathon. The Richmond Marathon will definitely be huge in November, but I'm not really thinking that far ahead now. Besides, what's the fun in telling you what I have up my sleeve?