Day 200

In Personal, Training by MC2 Comments

A few days ago I reached a milestone that I never would have imagined: day 200 of my running streak!

It’s hard to believe that 200 days ago I decided to start a run streak and just see how far I get. I didn’t have any specific goal in mind, but I knew that I wanted to push myself and get into a routine. It has been challenging and at times almost impossible to get a run in, but I’ve done it.

I’ve had a lot of thoughts and feelings over the span of 200 days, but I won’t bore you with all of them. Here’s 20 thoughts I’ve had during my run streak.

20 Thoughts

  1. It becomes a habit. Now that I do it every day, it has become the norm.
  2. My minimum has gone down. It was 1 mile, but as I get busier and the days get shorter, I’ve allowed myself a minimum of 0.5 miles.
  3. Most days I run 1 mile or more.
  4. I am strong enough to run while on vacation. I ran in Germany and at the beach.
  5. Running at night (in winter) is awesome because I get to see all the Holiday lights!
  6. My dogs are great running partners, especially at night.
  7. Races are getting easier.
  8. My average pace has gone down by almost two minutes!
  9. Nature is beautiful, especially when it snows.
  10. There is no weather that I will not run in. Rain and snow don’t scare me.
  11. Laundry. I do SO much laundry now.
  12. I am so much stronger than I thought I was. There are many days I don’t feel like running, but I do it anyways.
  13. My run distance has gotten much shorter in the winter with the lack of sunlight.
  14. RunKeeper is my best friend.
  15. Wireless headphones are a game changer. Best present ever. I didn’t realize how annoying a flopping cord was until I got wireless headphones.
  16. My days don’t feel complete until I’ve finished my run.
  17. So much gear. I have so much running gear now that I run every day.
  18. I stopped doing halfway snaps. They seemed silly when I do so much running at night.
  19. No matter what my schedule is or what I’m doing, I will get in a daily run.
  20. I’m going to keep going. 365 days here I come!

Looking back on these past 200 days, it is hard to remember every single run, but I do remember most days. The days that have been the hardest (emotionally, physically) often result in my fastest pace.

I’ve learned a lot about myself over 200 days and I can’t wait to see what I learn as I continue with my streak.

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Comments

  1. Way to go MC!

    I can sort of relate to your 200 days. A while back I decided to start exercising (more flexible than one activity). Back in the day (decades ago) I was told that if I went for a jog every day for 90 days I would be addicted to jogging. Now, moving back to current times, I started out with the goal of exercising for ninety straight days. When I reached ninety I saw no reason to stop. Now I am almost afraid to miss a day for fear I will stop exercising. January 19, 2018 I will reach six years.

    I am in no way attempting one upmanship, rather cheering you on. Like yourself, I sometimes struggle to get the exercise accomplished each day. One of my favorites was walking down the main street of Alturas, CA, at 10:00 pm. The most stupid effort was going to the gym and using the recumbent bike having just been diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism.

    One thing I do (most of the time) is writing out a todo list each morning (maybe the night before). At the top of every daily list I write EXCERCISE in all caps. At the end of the day it must be checked off, even if nothing else is.

    I will be a cheer leader for you. Keep it up.

    Uncle Steve

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      Thanks Uncle Stephen! Six years is incredibly impressive. I’m chasing one year and then I’ll see from there… Hope you are enjoying little Lucy!

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