For the last month or so, I’ve been participating in the Runner’s World Running Streak. I started the streak because I had been in a low mileage slump and thought it might be just the thing to jumpstart my plan to increase my mileage. I figured I would do it until it stopped being fun, and, surprisingly, it was fun the whole time. I learned a few things, too.
Here’s a little background on the Streak, from Runner’s World:
We’re bringing back the #RWRunStreak to help us—and you—bridge the gap (between reaching your spring goals and starting your fall training) and maintain spring fitness.
Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Memorial Day (Monday, 5/28) and ending on Independence Day (Wednesday, 7/4). That’s 38 consecutive days of running.
38 consecutive days of running has taught me a few important running lessons. Here they are, in no particular order:
- Eating a giant burger and a heap of onion rings before a run is a bad idea. Burgers are not the optimal pre-run food, in general.
- If, for some reason, the tops of your feet are sunburned, the burning sensation will be amplified by running and the pain of wearing running shoes will not decrease over time. Ouch.
- Sometimes just getting out the door is the hardest part. Start by putting on running clothes. Wear them around all day if you must (and I did).
- Not feeling like running doesn’t mean a run will be bad.
- Being fired up for a run does not mean that a run will be good.
- Sometimes it’s just too hot to run and walk breaks can be a good thing. Nuun, and Drip Drop, and copious quantities of water are definitely good things.
- Fruit is a good pre-run snack. Almond Joy candy bars, broccoli, black bean soup, and pastries are not good pre-run snacks.
- Surprisingly, I can eat guacamole immediately before a run without adverse effects. My love of guacamole seems to have trumped common sense.
- There are times when running is tedious, and times when it doesn’t feel great, but there’s still something wonderful about it.
I enjoyed every wonderful, horrible minute of the Run Streak. And I ran this morning, too. Maybe I’ll take a rest day one of these days.
Note: To get your own super cool finisher’s badge, visit Pavement Runner.