On November 29, 2017 I completed the third year of my Run Streak. By now it has become a habit so it’s not much of a big deal for me. When people express amazement at my accomplishment I just shrug and say, “Meh, it’s no big deal, running is just something that I do every day.” And it really is!
There were some highlights and some lowlights in 2017 and I will share them with you here.
I am fortunate to belong to a wonderful run group who support this silly runstreak, and a few of the members have taken ownership of some milestones and planned fun group runs to celebrate. January 14 was one of the coldest days of the winter to date. Despite the frigid temperatures, several group members showed up at the local Casino to celebrate Day #777 with me. Check it out here.777 Consecutive Days of Running
Day #888 was thankfully much warmer. Again several group members celebrated by meeting at a local Pool hall on May 5 to run, and then shoot a couple of games of pool and other shenanigans. Read more here. Eight Eight Eight
Sadly I was out of town for Day #911 so I was on my own, but I made sure my route took me past a couple of fire stations. Okay, I actually stopped at a fire station and asked a firefighter if I could get a photo with him. Of course he was happy to oblige. Big shout out to all emergency personnel out there. Thank you for keeping us safe.
I think it is very cool that my milestones keep falling on the weekends. Day #1000 was on a Friday and again my amazing run group planned a fun run which you can read about here. The Day I Earned My Comma
2017 was not without it’s challenges. Here in eastern NB we have cold, ice, slush, rain, heat, humidity, wind, freezing rain, windchill, etc. Thankfully we don’t have all those weather conditions in the same month! Each of those weather conditions present their own challenges and it is necessary to plan ahead. In 2017 I ran in temperatures ranging from -35c to +35c. I prefer the -35!
Being a Streaker means that I have to run the day after big events. In the days after the Ottawa marathon I went for a long walk, with a 2k run sandwiched in the middle. I was really worried about the day after the Fundy Circuit 50k, but again I went for a long walk with a short run in the middle. Active Recovery is a thing and really aids the recovery process.
On October 12 I inadvertently started a Streak within a Steak. While checking my October stats I realized that I had run at least 5k every day since Oct 12. Naturally I decided to see if I could run 5k every day in November. Then I decided to challenge myself by running 5k every day for 100 days. It was just my luck that a Deep Freeze descended on us mid December and lingered until the New Year and beyond. January 19 will be Day 100 of 5k Every Day and I will reevaluate at that time.
There were some serious threats to the Streak. A sprained toe in June was painful to walk on, but strangely it didn’t hurt (much) to run on it. I swear I almost died of food poisoning once but still managed to drag my sorry ass around the block. Colonoscopy prep is never fun, but with careful planning you can get the run done. The biggest challenge that I faced in 2017 was running with Shingles. I was very fatigued, and air movement was painfully cold. If my run streak was not so firmly established, it would have ended then.
My PT endorses my run streak. With her help, I successfully ran through injured hip flexor, soleus, hip adductors, and deep core stability muscles. I am very blessed to be able to run every day without serious injury.
I know this streak will end someday and hopefully on my terms. But today is not that day, so for now I streak on.