Reflections on (Run) Streaking

So I only made it two weeks. I guess I shouldn’t say “only,” because for me, that’s really an accomplishment. But it was time for me to be done.

Why I Stopped Streaking:

  1. My boobs hurt. Yes, TMI I know, but true. Having the impact of a run every single day was hurting me.
  2. My IT bands and calves are crazy tight, even though I stretched almost every single day and rolled fairly often.
  3. I didn’t have enough clean running clothes to run every single day. Putting on stinky, used clothes for a run is no fun.
  4. I was showering twice a day. Sure, if I’d just gotten my lazy ass up and run first thing, I would only have had to shower once, but that just wasn’t happening.
  5. I was starting to resent having to run, which completely defeats the whole purpose

What I Learned While Streaking:

  1. There is truth to the adage “If it’s important, you make the time;” but some days, you really don’t have time to run. As the streak progressed, I was amazed at how easy it was most days to squeeze in a mile or two here and there. On days when I ordinarily would have said, “Oh, I’m too busy,” or, “Hmm, the weather is really gross,” and skipped a planned run, the siren song of the perfect streak would be enough to make me put my shoes on and go. BUT, there were truly days where squeezing in that run actually made my day harder and more stressful, and if it weren’t for the streak, I probably would have skipped the run and been better off for it. And that’s ultimately why I stopped; I just hit a day where trying to make myself run would have pushed me over the edge.
  2. Recovery efforts are critical. I stretched and/or foam rolled after almost every single run during my streak, and even so, my calves and IT bands were super tight after two weeks. I can’t imagine where I’d be now if I hadn’t kept up with the stretching and rolling.
  3. Runger is real and dangerous. I was CONSTANTLY hungry after the first week, and that was only running one or two miles a day most days. I had to seriously re-work most of my meals and snacks. If I didn’t eat every couple of hours, I started to hulk out and be angry.  This was very eye-opening regarding my upcoming marathon training. I need to figure out food/fuel if I don’t want to end up eating all the carbs and gaining 20 pounds.

How I Feel About Ending the Streak:

Honestly? I feel relieved. I was feeling so much pressure to keep up with the streak, and it was stressing me right out. I was running because I felt like I HAD to and not because I wanted to. I’m glad I tried, but equally glad my attempt is over now.

Will I Attempt a Streak Again:

Probably not, unless my life circumstances change significantly. Working full time, doing theatre part time, and trying to keep my apartment clean and still have friends is quite enough to keep me busy; adding a run every single day on top of that is a bit much.

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Manic Monday – 12/14/15

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What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 12/7/15: Short Run1 Mile Run
#RWRunStreak Day 12. Another day, another short run to keep the streak alive.

Tuesday 12/8/15: Short Run1 Mile Run
#RWRunStreak Day 13. Lucky number 13! I hit 200 miles on my shoes during this run, and then went out for tacos and margaritas with my friend Erik.

Wednesday 12/9/15: Spin; Short Run; Tap ClassSpin; 1 Mile Run; Tap Class
#RWRunStreak Day 14. Two weeks down, woo! Like last Wednesday, this day was super busy and it was kind of a struggle to fit everything in, but I managed.

Thursday 12/10/15: Short RunRest
And so endeth the RW Run Streak. I’m still planning a post for later in the week about why I stopped, but essentially, I just couldn’t/didn’t want to make the time today. I was stressed beyond belief about Mary Poppins callbacks, and worried about Ben getting home in time to get me to the audition and blah blah blah and it just didn’t happen.

Friday 12/11/15:  Short RunRest
We had our company holiday party tonight. I ate some delicious food and had a couple of drinks, then went home and watched Christmas movies. Ben had broomball finals, and they came in second for the season, which is a huge improvement over last year.

Saturday 12/12/15: 5-6 MilesRest
This was a weird day. I was waiting for my Mary Poppins casting call, and unfortunately it didn’t go the way I wanted; I’m still in the show, but I didn’t get the role of MP. I may talk more about this later this week, but in short, I’m trying to keep my ego in check and focus on the positive.

Sunday 12/13/15: Short RunRest
I had a voice lesson in the morning, then we had our first read-through for MP in the afternoon. Some of my very dearest friends are in the show, and it’s going to be super magical. I can’t wait! Regular rehearsals start in January.

The plan for this week is to try to keep some of the momentum from the Run Streak going without actually streaking. Here’s a tentative schedule:

  • Monday: Tap Recital (so sad this is over!)
  • Tuesday: Short run
  • Wednesday: Spin
  • Thursday: Short Run
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 5-6 miles
  • Sunday: Rest

How you deal with getting news you didn’t want?

 

Manic Monday – 12/7/15

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What Was Planned vs. What Happened

Monday 11/30/15: 2 Miles2 Miles
#RWRunStreak Day 5. I dragged my butt out of bed at 6 am for 2 quick miles before work. It was my first ever pre-dawn run, and it was weird, but good.

Tuesday 12/01/15: 2 Miles1 Mile
#RWRunStreak Day 6. I was too lazy to get up early, so I dashed out for a quick mile between work and a dinner party.

Wednesday 12/02/15: 1 Mile; 1 Hour Spin; Tap Class1 Mile; 1 Hour Spin; Tap Class
#RWRunStreak Day 7. This day was FRANTIC. I got up at 5:30 am for spin, worked until 4:30, dashed out for a quick mile, went to tap class for 5:30, then got changed and Ben picked me up for a work dinner at 7. I almost didn’t run cause it was rainy and cold and I was feeling put-upon, but I wasn’t ready to give up the streak yet.

Thursday 12/03/15: 2 Miles1.69 Miles
#RWRunStreak Day 8. Another busy day, and another cold and rainy run. Honestly at this point I’d rather it just start snowing, because at least then I wouldn’t get wet.

Friday 12/04/15: 2 Miles1.67 Miles
#RWRunStreak Day 9. FRIDAAAYYY! I ran the same route as Thursday night, but took it slow and easy. Then I changed into PJs and watched Netflix for the rest of the night 🙂

Saturday 12/05/15: Run Club 4 Miles5 Miles
#RWRunStreak Day 10. No run club for me, because Ben had Nordic practice. Instead I went out for nice solo 5 miler. The sun was finally out, and it felt great to run in daylight for the first time all week.

Sunday 12/06/15: Ri-Ra Santa Run 5kRi-Ra Santa Run 5k
#RWRunStreak Day 11. There will be a full recap later this week, but for now, I’ll say that this was neither my best 5k nor my worst. It was fun, and it was a great way to stay busy and keep my mind off the Mary Poppins auditions in the afternoon.

This week is all about a) keeping up with the Run Streak, and b) staying busy to keep myself from freaking out about Mary Poppins. I won’t know if I have a callback until Thursday morning, and then I won’t know if I’m cast until Saturday afternoon. Waiting is the WORST.

  • Monday: Short run
  • Tuesday: Short run
  • Wednesday: One hour spin; short run; last tap class
  • Thursday: Short run
  • Friday: Short run
  • Saturday: 5-6 miles
  • Sunday: Short run

How do you keep yourself busy when you’re waiting for news?

 

 

Friday Free-For-All – 11/20/15

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Two day work week next week! Ben and I are travelling with his parents to his mom’s sister’s husband’s family farm (say that 5 times fast!) in Starrucca, PA. It will be a lot of driving, but I think it will be a lot of fun too. And of course, I never turn down a short work week. My office gives us Thanksgiving and Black Friday off anyway, so I used my last vacation day for the year to take Wednesday off as well. I was hoping to find a Turkey Trot in the area, but no dice. I’ll have to just go for a pre-Turkey run on my own.

Our one year wedding anniversary is Sunday. I truly can’t believe it’s already been a year since we said “I do.” It’s been a crazy busy year, full of lots of changes and adventures, and I’m so glad to be sharing it all with Ben.

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I will be participating in the Runner’s World Holiday Run Streak. This is something that I wanted to do last year, but I hurt my foot and was out of commission for 6 weeks. It was one of my goals for 2015, and I’m actually pretty excited to get started. I’ve never attempted a streak before, but I plan to approach this in a very cautious and realistic way. I will be focusing big-time on recovery efforts like stretching and rolling, and if at any point I feel overtired or like I might be approaching injury, I will back off no problem. Being healthy and whole for the start of marathon training in January is much more important than an arbitrary running streak. But If I make sure I have lots of low mileage days in there and stay vigilant about recovery, I’m sure I’ll be ok.

Tonight will be my first night “off” this week. Every single night this week, I’ve had a commitment; Monday I had my sister over for dinner and movies, Tuesday I had a rehearsal, Wednesday was tap class, and Thursday night I had a babysitting gig. Tonight after work, I may (or may not) run, and then I will put on my PJs, pour myself a few fingers of bourbon, and park it in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn. Ahhhh, heaven.

Did you have a busy week?

Anyone else planning to do the #RWRunStreak?