It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a blog post. I guess I’m really not very consistent with this blogging thing. Regardless, I decided today was a day to get another post up. You see, today marked a milestone in my running streak. The current streak started on Saturday, 24 December 2011, after arriving at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s house in Liverpool, New York. That run was a fun run in the snow with my wife, Caroline. She wanted to run for an hour so we did a nice 6-mile route along the lake. At that time, I had no thoughts about starting a running streak. As 2012 started, I set a goal to run every day in the month of January. When I got to the end of January, I realized that I was so close to 50 consecutive days that I should take it at least that far. Once I hit 50 days, I thought that I should try to get to 100 days. After I got to 100 days, several friends suggested I take the streak for an entire year. I wasn’t sure about that but decided to give it a shot. The odds of avoiding injury and sickness for a whole year while running every day seemed long. I didn’t think I would get through the whole year, but decided to attack it one day at a time. If I could make sure to get out the door and meet up with my running group, The Village Runners, I just might make it.
This morning was day 366 of the streak. Being a leap year, I had to run an extra day to complete the full year. I was fortunate this morning to run 6 miles with my good friends Jack, Kile and Russ. It just hit me that I started the streak with a 6-mile run and culminated the year with another 6-mile run. Over the course of the 366 days, I have run 2,665 miles for an average of 7.3 miles-per-day.
The main thing that I have learned during this year is that you can do anything if you will put your mind to it. Of course, I had to be smart with my runs. Since I didn’t take any “real” rest days, I had to include days where I could get in my run but get a break in the process. Another lesson I learned is how my running friends are the most supportive group around. I would not have gotten this far without the support of so many others.
I guess the next question for me to answer is how much longer can I keep the streak going. That’s actually a good question. At this point, I don’t really know how to answer that on. If I had to guess, I’ll probably stop the streak on…