I set out to run every day for 50 days and yesterday I met that goal. I have started a couple run streaks before, often coming back from injury to reestablish a run base but this is the longest streak I have ever done.
I finished up the last day with a celebratory run with both Cannon and Emerald. I pushed Emmy in the stroller and Cannon ran much of it with me.
These two are so much of my reason for running. Running is my break and escape from all of the rigors of motherhood, something I do that is for me. But it’s also something I do hoping to show these babies that you can chase your dreams, work hard and do some really cool things.
Some of the things I learned from a 50 day run streak are:
- Setting my own rules made the streak possible. I wanted to be sure not to get injured or burned out so I set the bar low. To count for the streak I had to travel at lest 1 mile on foot. If that meant some walking or a family hike with some jogging to me that was fine. Some set their bar higher but this worked for me.
- It was really hard some days and I didn’t want to run at 9pm when I was tired and had other things to do. But I did it for the streak and I was always proud when I did.
- It really did set up good running habits. It is much easier to get out the door early in the morning when I have done it so many other mornings. All of my gear was easy to find and accessible since I was using it all so often.
- 50 days really didn’t feel that long. After the first couple weeks the habit of running everyday became easier.
- Active Recovery is a great way to avoid injury. Often when people are negative about run streaks injury is a main reason and I totally respect that. For me active recovery helped keep me moving and healthy for the 50 days.
Some days were glorious sunny runs on trails
Or chasing the sunrise in my neighborhood.
And a few were on the basement treadmill, late at night just getting it done.
The biggest surprise was that a 50 day run streak is addicting. I thought I would be done after 50 days. I thought I would be proud to have done what I set out to do and ready for some rest and to move on. But I am not, I am excited to keep the streak going for another 50 days and from there we shall see…..