My amazing friend, Toby, has organized a streaking group. Yep, a run streaking group, I should clarify :) The goal is to run every day through the new year for a total of a 40 day running streak. I figured, why the heck not? I am trying to work on my run anyhow, and it is always easier to do so when you have friends that you are accountable to. It started on Sunday, but since I don't race/train on Sundays, my first day was Monday. I'm not going to lie, I skipped it. It was just one of those days where I didn't fit it in. However, I ran the last two. Yesterday was a scheduled trainer day. I did my hour long brutal Sufferfest video in the comfort of my own warm basement and then realized I hadn't run yet. Dangit, I was already pooped! I then look outside and it is cold, windy, dark, and had started to rain. Well isn't that lovely?!? I decided I could do at least a mile. Just a couple times around my block. I decided to take Milo with me. He never goes running with me. He's a 7 pound shitzu Maltese mix. More of a purse dog (if I ever put him in a purse, shoot me, please) than a running dog. However, he does like to run and I figured my little Swiffer on legs could handle it. He was beyond excited and kept up well. He didn't even mind the weather! So, I was able to say I got it done.
Today was a scheduled run day so that was no biggie. Got 5 awesome miles in. Loved it. It was cold and clear out, but beautiful. I really don't mind cold weather running, even with all the extra gear/layers it requires. Then I got home and went to the gym for some strength training. Wowzers it was busy!! Not going there tomorrow for sure!
So, here's to accountability. I have decided that I will run at least 2 miles a day, unless it is a run day anyhow, and I will do whatever is on the docket. Tomorrow my pre-turkey dinner work out is 7 miles on one of my favorite loops.
I have been thinking lately at how at the end of the summer I was hating running. And it was hating me. However, I think that we are over that. I have thoroughly enjoyed my runs lately, and they are loving me back. Hell, I don't even mind the treadmill that much anymore! I even did a Sufferfest running video on the treadmill that almost killed me (I literally had to stop it twice because I was going to spew.) I am not hitting fabulous times or anything, but I am enjoying them and not feeling like death as was the case at the end of the summer. I am really pleased to have gotten over my pavement pounding pet peeve and and am excited for IM training to start with a good consistent base.
So in the meantime, happy training and racing all! Get out and run!!