I’m not going to lie 31 day runstreak was a stupid idea. A runstreak is the exact opposite of a fun time.
I woke up every morning miserable because I knew at some point I would have to race up my shoes. You know in How I Met Your Mother when they have Slapsgiving and Barney is freaking out because he knows there’s a slap coming but he doesn’t now when or how? That was me with the runstreak.
It took all my mental fortitude to get myself moving forward. But there was none left to keep me going. I decided early on that my minimum distance would be 1km. Most days that was a struggle. That struggle made me feel less capable, less like a ‘real’ runner.
Forcing myself to run when both my feet were aching to stop left me feeling like an old bag of bones. My mental strength is better used to increase my distance and my speed, those are the things that make me feel great, like I’ve conquered something.
Runstreak made me hate running and it made me a worse runner. Still I learned some valuable lessons doing it:
- Hydrate. Always.
- Warm up and stretch. Also always.
- Music helps. When all else fails splurge on new tunes.
- As you get older more things will hurt.
- When something hurts it’s smart to rest.
- Sometimes things suck but you keep going anyways.
- Have a goal.
- At some point you will want to quit, you will feel better if you don’t. Unless something hurts then you will feel better if you take a rest.
- If after 40 years you’ve failed to develop the “I’ll think this through more” skill, let’s just go ahead and call you (and me) impulsive.
- Get a team of quality cheerleaders behind.
I will continue to run, once the muscles in my feet have stopped complaining. Next challenge: a 10K race, then a 12.5K trail relay. Gulp.
A 31 day writestreak is delightful and you should all try it. I love a notebook and a full notebook is all kinds of happiness. My best pen ran out of ink early in the streak, that was the biggest tragedy. I made do with a second best pen.
The writing will continue, everyday with Saturdays off. Next challenge: NaNoWriMo.
Thanks to everyone who cheered me on. The daily high fives on Facebook kept me going. Extra special thanks to my P=MV running team for many loving kicks in the pants.