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.
- It becomes a habit. Now that I do it every day, it has become the norm.
- 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.
- Most days I run 1 mile or more.
- I am strong enough to run while on vacation. I ran in Germany and at the beach.
- Running at night (in winter) is awesome because I get to see all the Holiday lights!
- My dogs are great running partners, especially at night.
- Races are getting easier.
- My average pace has gone down by almost two minutes!
- Nature is beautiful, especially when it snows.
- There is no weather that I will not run in. Rain and snow don’t scare me.
- Laundry. I do SO much laundry now.
- 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.
- My run distance has gotten much shorter in the winter with the lack of sunlight.
- RunKeeper is my best friend.
- Wireless headphones are a game changer. Best present ever. I didn’t realize how annoying a flopping cord was until I got wireless headphones.
- My days don’t feel complete until I’ve finished my run.
- So much gear. I have so much running gear now that I run every day.
- I stopped doing halfway snaps. They seemed silly when I do so much running at night.
- No matter what my schedule is or what I’m doing, I will get in a daily run.
- 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.