After my experience with the Summer Run Streak, I didn’t even question doing the holiday version of it. Okay, maybe I questioned it for a day, since the streak ended only 2 weeks before my marathon.
But I committed, and Karen and I partnered up with a ChallengeLoop to get others involved with it. I loved this part of it, because it gave us all an opportunity to commiserate, cheer each other on, and, for me, it got friends from different parts of my life together in one challenge.
There were several occasions where I had to do a late run on the treadmill after a party or dinner out. I ran 14 miles in the middle of a blizzard. I ran while sick, which made me even more sick. I did a lot of 1-2 mile runs, as well as a few 20 milers. I ran on treadmills, ice, snow, trails, sidewalks, and streets. I ran alone, with partners, and even in groups. I ran races, I struggled through short miles, but in the end, I just ran. I was tested on my cold tolerance, my determination, and my sanity. But I did it, and each of these difficult things I put myself through shows me that I’m stronger than I believe.
As I kept track of my mileage, I realized I was very close to my mileage from the Summer Streak, and wanted to beat it. So I made sure my final runs on New Year’s Day pushed me over the mile marker.
I ended the Streak with 116 miles, and hit my goal of over 100 miles in December alone. It wasn’t easy, and my speed never got to the point it did over the summer, but during marathon training, I’m okay with that. I’m excited that I made it, I got the miles in, and am now enjoying taper until Disney.
So who won the ChallengeLoop, you may ask?
Erin is training for her first half-marathon at the Princess Half-Marathon at DisneyWorld in February. I’m so excited that she completed the challenge and even more excited to see her grow to love running. 😊 Congratulations, Erin!
Did you Streak, if you did, how did it go?
Did you venture out in any crazy weather this holiday to get a run in?
When’s your first 2014 race?