I used this printable from Life Your Way…it’s the same calendar half sheet I use for my blogging editorial calendar..fits nicely into my little notebook!
Runner’s World introduced me to a holiday running streak that I decided to try this year: #RWRunStreak.
“Stay fit and motivated during the busy (and calorie-filled) holiday season by pledging to run at least one mile every day, Thanksgiving through New Year’s.”
I started off with a nice long run with Kim, then hit the treadmill for the rest of my runs because it was either too cold (mostly), or too dark outside. Instead, I hit the treadmill and watched some quality television, switching between the news and Saved by the Bell re-runs.
Here’s a short breakdown:
Total days in challenge: 35
Days missed: 2
Total miles run: 75.1
Average miles run during challenge: 2.14
Fastest mile: 8:50 (although I wasn’t really aiming for a PR…just a fun competitive challenge with myself!)
In all honesty, I missed two days out of the challenge. The first day I missed wasn’t even a good excuse! I just felt tired…plus, The Sound of Music with Carrie Underwood was on that night. #noshame I couldn’t peel myself away from the couch to watch it downstairs…reeeally?! ARRGH. The other day was tough because I was at my in-laws and it was FAR too cold outside to run. As a result, I plan to tack on runs for the next two days to make up for it so I can truly say I did the full 35 day streak!
All in all, I really enjoyed this challenge! It takes 10 minutes (or less) to get a mile in, and burn 100 calories (which I read is the average for a woman). It was a nice easy way to wake up in the morning before I jumped in the shower and if I didn’t have time in the morning, it was a no-brainer to do right when I got home…in fact, I would even make it into a game where I could see if I could go a little faster each day! During the challenge, I also did some weight training and Shaun T25 workouts. The mile warm-up run was perfect for the intense 25 minute workouts that followed. The #RWRunStreak was a great way to stay active during the busy holiday season, and I can only imagine how awful and heavy I’d feel if I didn’t do this through the holidays!
Did you do the #RWRunStreak? What did you think? Are you doing any running or exercise related challenges?
Katie @ Live Half Full says
I’m really impressed by this! Maybe I’ll join next year when I’m healthy! :)
Thanks! That’s a great goal to shoot for- you could totally do it!
WTG on the challenge! I feel like I didn’t tease you enough when you told me you missed the first time to watch that monstrosity of a show. LOL ;) Seriously. Why was it so bad?! LOL.
This sounds like it was a great way to keep you going! You’ll have to let us know if it feels strange to stop! I felt that way after my 3.1 a day Dec challenge last year!
Yeah…you had full rights to make fun! Carrie Underwood was just too pretty to be Maria…I was comparing her way too much to Julie Andrews’ performance, and Carrie’s didn’t even come close. She just can’t act. Sing, yes. Act, no so much. Plus, the musical version had songs in all the wrong places…I’ll stick with the original! :-)
I don’t think it will be weird to stop since it was such a short distance, but it almost motivates me to continue on since it’s a nice little warm up before I do any weight training, DVDs, etc.
Erin @ Loop Looks says
Yay! I’m glad you did the challenge. It was a fun way to stay accountable during the holidays, right? I haven’t looked at all my stats yet, though. You’ve given me some ideas on what to post about my streak, too.
It was so fun and do-able! I kind of developed a habit..a brisk 1 mile before weight training or other exercise is a nice warm up! Excited to see your recap!
Kelly @ Kelly the Culinarian says
Way to rock it out! There were some really bitter and snowy days in there, too. I feel my motivation waning when I need to change out of my fleece.
Thanks Kelly! Yeah it was tough in the cold, dark winter days but luckily I just had to trek to my basement (which was still cold!)