When I started my Run Streak I never planned to make it a long term commitment. My goal was to run every day in December, 2014. Thirty One days was my goal, and there were many days when I thought I couldn’t do it. It was really hard to get out for a run every single day.
Sometimes these things take on a life of their own. I was looking forward to Not Running on January 1, but a co-irker scoffed at my little 31 day streak and challenged me to run every day in 2015. This was a huge challenge which I hesitantly accepted.
The rest is history. The coworker dropped out after a few months but I kept going. and going . and going. By the time I reached 100 days it was becoming easier. By the end of 2015 I was hooked and couldn’t stop.
Fast forward to August 25, 2017 when I completed my 1,000th consecutive day of running. I never expected that I would need a comma to count my run streak days.
I have a fantastic run group who are (mostly) supportive of my run streak. They take ownership of milestones and plan special runs to commemorate them. We have enjoyed #666, #777, and #888 and were undecided about whether to celebrate #999 or #1,000. In the end we celebrated on Day #1,000 because it fell on a Friday and we could enjoy a few wobbly pops at the local tavern afterwards. But we had a 999 theme for the run.
Here is how it worked. Each person was told to bring a small amount of $$ to the run. We then formed teams of 3 people. Teams ran 2.5km to the grocery store where they met an appointed Time Keeper who recorded their arrival time. Teams were given 10 minutes to go into store, buy as many different non-perishable food items as they could for under $9.99 and return to Time Keeper with receipt and merchandise. Then we ran back to the starting point. Two teams scored 11 items. All purchases were donated to a local food bank. It was fun.. and it was for a good cause.
Some of the people in my run group are very creative and they make special bling to mark my milestones. These unique medals are treasured above all the finisher’s medals in my collection.
Today is Day #1,010. I have earned that comma, and I plan to continue to use it every day for a very long time.