Day 200

In Personal, Training by MC

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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