I’m Run Streaking Right Now!

Last night I decided to run at my local park. It’s been a while since I’ve run there with any type of consistency, but just a couple of years ago it was a very special place for me.

When I started Couch to 5K back in 2012 I logged all of my miles for the first 2 months on the treadmill. The condo complex Adam and I lived at had a small gym for residents only, and hardly any one was ever there. It was a little safe space for me to run without having to feel embarrassed or judged.

Back then I was worried about not looking like an Olympic runner. I was also concerned about how short the run segments of Couch to 5K were at the beginning.

I loved everything about Couch to 5K but I didn’t want anyone to see me training. I loved what it was doing for me, but it was my little secret. The only other person who even know I had started training was Adam.

Finally, as the prospect of actually lining up for a 5K became a reality I realized maybe I better try running outdoors to see what that was like. I was scared the real runners at the park would make fun of me, but eventually I walked down to the park with Adam and run/walked my heart out there. The park is special to me. Running there was my announcement to the world that I was becoming a runner. I Instagrammed my first running pic there. For a long time I did all of my outdoor runs there because I was afraid of running at the beach.

Just like I worried that runners at the park would make fun of me, I was absolutely sure that runners at the beach would make fun of me. That’s almost laughable to think about now since I run at the beach nearly every day, but back then I still had so many strange fears.

Once I started running at the beach I never looked back. It’s been a long time since I’ve run at the park but I want to make it part of my routine again.

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Last night as I was running a loop I used to run over and over again I couldn’t help but smile. I used to struggle to run a mile in this park and last night I did 3.5 miles without even flinching.

It’s easy to get caught up in wanting to run higher mileage or run longer or run faster or all of the above. It’s also easy to feel bad when you’re just kind of hanging in … I’m speaking for myself of course.

The last couple of weeks I’ve been wondering if I’ve been lazy and allowing myself to make training excuses, or if I’ve really just been balancing the various aspects of what’s been a pretty busy last couple of months. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve really and truly been busy. I’m going to stop feeling guilty about my training and just feel proud that I’ve been able to keep a consistent routine going, even if 99% of the miles are easy.

Now that the craziest part of the work year is over, and Adam and I are moved into the house I can shift more focus onto training. Which is good because like I blogged about the other day I feel the fire for training and it’s HOT!

During my run in the park last night I decided for the first time ever I’m going run streaking! I’m not waiting for January 1st, I’m doing it RIGHT NOW. Yesterday was day 1!

The rules for my run streak:

1. Run at least 1 mile every day for 30 days.
2. That’s it.

I’m looking forward to taking advantage of all this passion and energy built up inside of me right now. It’s time to streak!

Have you ever run streaked? How long did you keep it up for? 

12 comments

  1. Laura F

    I’ve done two run streaks before, during the period from Thanksgiving to New Years for two years in a row (Runner’s World Run Streak, it’s a thing people do). I absolutely loved it! This year balancing it with Cross Fit got the best of me and I ended the streak early, but I think I got 26 days in. The laundry gets insane, haha. Good luck! Your weather should make it easier than it is for us in New England.

    1. Kristina

      Ohh yea, I’ve heard of the RW Run Streak! If this one goes well I’ll have to give that one a try next year!

      Wow, 26 days of straight running plus Cross Fit sounds like an intense schedule – awesome job!!!
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  2. Aubrey

    I’m starting a run streak today!! I was going to wait until the 1st, but I decided to just go for it after buying a run tracking notebook 🙂 Enjoy the miles!!

    1. Kristina

      YES!!! That’s awesome! I’m glad you decided to just go for it!

  3. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    I think my streak lasted 4 days! It is funny the ideas we have about other people’s perception of us running. Every race I still look at my outfit and compare it to other people who I consider “true runners” and think of how my outfit could be “better”. It’s just one of those hard to avoid evils for me!
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    1. Kristina

      Oh I know exactly what you mean! I like racing in a skirt, but every time I show up I think “oh i bet all the real, serious runners think it’s silly to run in a skirt” even though I know LOADS of fast serious runners rock a skirt!

  4. Ana

    I streaked once… but it was the other type of streaking… not the running one! I have never tried it, I make the excuse that there is never enough time, maybe that should be a goal for 2017!
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    1. Kristina

      Hahaha that’s awesome! 😀

      I’ve always been afraid of the commitment too, but looking at my schedule over the next few weeks I feel sure I will have the time to do it!
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  5. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    Go Girl! Congratulations on your decision to do a running streak. 🙂 I guess you could say I streaked… for years on end… it was crazy, I was addicted to exercise! That’s the main reason I don’t want to streak right now or in the near future. I totally abused the whole running streak thing!!!

    Look at you. Going from being afraid to run at the park, afraid to run at the beach, to having a freaking running blog where we can follow you and be INSPIRED. I think people who don’t run can never understand how running is SO MUCH MORE THAN RUNNING. It’s being strong, in control, without fear, and feeling WORTHY of this wonderful life.
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    1. Kristina

      I can definitely understand why you wouldn’t want to run streak, I totally get that!

      You are so right!. In Scott Jurek’s book he says in one chapter something like: many runners come to the sport after overcoming addictions and disorders in other areas of life because it is so therapeutic. If running was only about putting one foot in front of the other I would stop doing it. That sounds boring and like I could better use that time doing something else, but running is so much more than just the physical act of moving forward!
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  6. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    Isn’t it great to be able to look back at how far you have come?! I run in the same area as about 8 years ago and I always think about this one hill that I used to walk up and now I run it all the time like its no big deal. Your run streak sounds great! Ive never done one but I think it would be awesome to do for 30 days.
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  7. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I LOVE that you have such a connection to this park. How amazing that it will always be a reminder to you of how far you’ve come…and a reminder that you ARE a real runner!

    Enjoy your streak! I quite like streaking; I feel like if my legs were up for it I’d streak this month. But maybe after A1A!
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