Mandy: My running streak is on Day 8, already the longest I’ve ever run without taking a day off. This week has been a challenge, but I’m definitely enjoying it so far. It’s been a busy week, so I’ve had to fit in my “mini runs” where I can. These mostly have consisted of my husband walking our Saint Bernard late at night, while I run up and down the street around them.
Day 2 – 6.5km – This was a fun run in the afternoon. I didn’t have a set distance in mind. I just ran until I ended up back at home. I wanted to take it easy, because I felt tired and sore right from the beginning. My neighborhood is pretty flat, so you really have to seek out hills. I recently discovered a crescent nearby that has a good hill so I ran up that twice.
Day 3 – 2km – I wasn’t home until really late on Tuesday, so my husband and doggie came with me to keep me safe. My dog isn’t a runner, so they walked and I ran circles around them.
Day 4 – 2km – After work, I had a manicure booked with my sister-in-law, Steph. She knew that I had to go for a run, so she asked if we could go together before our appointment. What’s better than a manicure and a run with your sister? I had to borrow a pair of her shoes and jogging pants, but it was a lot of fun. Steph hasn’t run in years, and she did great! Maybe this will have to become a weekly tradition.
Day 5 – 2.6km – This was the toughest day for me. 31 days seemed like a reeeeaaallly long time. We had some yard work to do, so again, it was late before I could get out for my run. I got myself all dressed, and stood with my head against the front door before I could convince myself to get outside. Of course, I was happy once I got out.
Day 6 – 2.1km – Once again, another busy day, late night, short run.
Day 7 – 5.2km – On Saturday afternoon, I finally got out while it was still light out. My goal for the day was to not look at my watch, but to keep a steady pace. I think I did a pretty good job. I was able to keep all my splits within 20 seconds of each other.
Day 8 – 1.6km – I had planned on running a 10k in the morning, but honestly, I was lazy and enjoying my bed too much. So, after going out for dinner with friends, I went for another evening run. This ended up being one of the weirdest runs I’ve ever been on, but I’ll save the story for another time!
Weekly total: 22km
Total for the month: 8 days / 26.9km
My goals for next week are to get out earlier in the day, to run a bit longer each day, and to fit in a 10k at some point.
Jackie: This is officially my longest running streak ever at 9 days (because I ran on November 30th). I finished this first week with a short run in Vermont. We drove 8 hours through the night and arrived in Vermont at 7am. (It just works best when you have 3 boys to drive when they’re sleeping) After having some breakfast we decided to drive around Burlington. We stopped by a park for a little walk and a running group went by. Well, long story short, I ended up digging my running clothes out of the back of the truck, changing in the front seat (brrrr) and going for a 1 mile run through the park. I wanted to go farther but I had forgotten to charge my Garmin and I didn’t want it to die on me. So I’m glad I started this challenge because that’s an experience I wouldn’t have had – and there’s nothing like a brisk morning run to wake you up after 8 hours of driving!
Day 2 – 5.5k – focused on elevation – 104 meters
Day 3 – 5.5k
Day 4 – 3k
Day 5 – 6.5k
Day 6 – 3k – quick run in the dark, couldn’t see watch
Day 7 – 1 mile
Day 8 – 1 mile after arriving in Vermont
Total for this month: 8 days – 30.3k
So the first week went well. I’m feeling good about running every day and I’m hoping in the coming week to have some longer runs – and to conquer some hills in Vermont. Hopefully, I’ll have some pictures to share.
How is your running in December going?