I attempted the Runners World Holiday Run Streak back in 2012 and it ended at 11 days due to food poisoning. After that, I wasn’t motivated to restart. I took a mini break from running and didn’t run too much. I didn’t like my results last year so I was really motivated to accomplish this goal of running at least 1 mile from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.
AND I FINISHED! I ran for 35 days straight in 4 states (California, Illinois, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Also I ran 77 miles each month in November and December. My mileage tends decrease during this time, so I was happy that I was able to keep the mileage consistent. I got sick a little bit in North Carolina but pushed myself to run at least one mile. At the beginning of the streak, I spent two weeks in California for Thanksgiving. We kicked off the streak with the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot 10K. It was my boyfriend’s first 10K and we were so close to hitting 1 hour by literally seconds. My friend took a pic of us when we ran by her place. Perfect timing too!
I ran on my favorite trails around San Jose and in my parents’ neighborhood. It’s a bit hilly but a little hill training won’t hurt. Also my boyfriend and I took a day trip to Monterey/Carmel area and had fun running along the Pacific Coast line.
Then we came back to Chicago to spend about a week and half in the city before heading to Raleigh, NC. Since I never been to North Carolina, I ran around exploring the different areas. My boyfriend’s sister lived near a Greenway (another word for trail in NC), so we explored it couple of times. She lived in hilly area too, so my calves were burning several times. We ran around Charlotte, NC also and didn’t have time to find a trail so we ran around the neighborhood of my boyfriend’s friend’s house. It was fun checking out the Christmas decorations. One thing about North Carolina is that they love their blow up decorations – lots of inflatable Santas. Also I participated virtually in Nike’s #FlashRun to celebrate the darkest night of the year. I wore my flash jacket and we ran 2 miles in the dark. After a weekend of Charlotte, we headed back to Raleigh for Christmas. Like I said earlier, I got sick with a cold but still managed to put in run time at the gym especially during rainy days. My cold did linger a little bit but nothing too serious. Just annoying. After Christmas, my boyfriend and I went on an overnight trip to Charleston, SC. We did use the hotel gym to put in some miles on the first night, but the next morning, we went on a sunrise 3 mile run exploring the city.
We went to Waterfront Park, ran along Rainbow Row, and Battery Park. Charleston was so pretty and the seafood was awesome. Definitely recommend a visit to this city! We headed back to Chicago the Sunday before New Years and I ran after we flew in. The gym was closed and I wasn’t going to break this streak 3 days before! So I just ran around my neighborhood for a mile.
After New Years brunch, I decided to suit up and go on my last streak run outside. The snow was perfect – fluffy and clean. When I finished, I made snow angels to celebrate.
Overall, I had a fun time with this streak and it motivated me to keep working out during the holidays. It made me feel better about eating all those Christmas desserts! The mild weather certainly helped me finished the streak. 38 degrees is considered cold in CA and NC and I tried to take advantage of the awesome winter running without the worry of ice and slipping. As much as I hate the treadmill, I did use it quite a bit, but I also incorporated strength training when I did go. Will I do it again next year? Maybe…