TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Streak Over

I suppose I should post something, since I know readers are SO EAGER to know whether I continued my streak after day 56.  (Kidding, I know you’re NOT THAT EAGER).

Truth is, day 56 was my last day of this running streak.  And I consider that an improvement in my minor OCD.  I didn’t HAVE TO end it on a number that ends with a 5 or a zero. 

Many things contributed to my decision to end this streak.  These are some that I can remember now.

  1. I chaperoned my 4th grader’s field trip in the morning of day 57, thus couldn’t run in the morning, and I am a morning runner.
  2. I worked that afternoon/evening, and it was cold and windy when I returned home well, WELL after sunset.
  3. I felt there was no real reason to continue this streak since originally I had planned to run through January 1st.  Then I changed it to January 31st.  After that I changed it to 50 days.  At day 56, I simply thought, why?
  4. I was beginning to lose the joy of running, thinking that I HAD TO RUN.  I don’t want to HAVE TO RUN.  I just want to run.
  5. I felt it was time to move on to other goals:  1) my Tides to Towers run, 2) my absurd 1 mile of burpees, 3) and lastly, training for Twin Peaks 50 Miler (which entails at least 3 50k’s over the next several months).
  6. And finally, I want to run for the joy of it, when I feel like it.  Not because I have to.  I feel like I accomplished what I needed to in this streak.  I proved to myself that I could run consecutive days without injury.  And really, that is most important to me.  NON-INJURY.

Thanks so much for following!  And for your encouragement.  I really, really couldn’t have done it without the readers of my blog.

Thanks again Smile

The past few days I have let the body rest.  And I have been working (working as in earning money) – which I dearly need. 

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8 comments:

  1. You did so well Lauren. 56 days are awesome anyway. Your body needs the rest now. I am resting a bit more currently and can feel the benefit. Enjoyment must always be our main goal for running. In August when I go run Pikes Peak I wish I could do a trip on our way home to include somewhere to meet you. Or...I'll just have to find a race close to you for another year :) Have a super weekend!

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    1. Thanks Johann. Now I can rest, and train, train, train for my upcoming 50k. I'm sure we will cross paths eventually : ))

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  2. I couldn't be an infinity streaker either. Congrats on making it as far as you did! Certainly nothing left to "prove" to anyone. This burpee mile sounds interesting... More details?

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    1. Thanks for reading Lindsay. I saw a Youtube video of two guys attempting to do one whole mile of burpees. They looked physically in shape (way, way, way more than myself). The video was a crack up. They were laying on the ground moaning, etc. Ended up they changed their goal from 1 mile to 400 burpees. After watching it, I thought "I AM SO DOING THAT." I've got the location picked out (a flat dirt trail) and my husband will film. Now I've got to start working on my burpees. This is the video: http://youtu.be/fL5mY-juV2I

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  3. What???... you couldn't reach 100 days in a row. I can not believe it. ;)

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    1. What do you think Jeremy? Do you think I could have reached 100 days? : ))

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  4. That was one hell of a streak! I'm glad you made it without any injuries. How long will your resting streak last?

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    1. Thanks Tom! The best part is no injuries. Not sure how long my resting streak lasted (too lazy to scroll up this screen to see. LOL). I think about 4 days. I ran Baz's 21k this past Saturday, and it kicked my butt. LOL. Onward to new goals!

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