Happy Friday!  I hope everyone is doing well.  I’ve haven’t posted one of these since July.  I did post for Runfessions and Ultimate Coffee Date.  I am hoping that now that I am back at work I can get back to the routine of posting every Friday.  😀 But if I don’t then I know at least one of my cohosts will have a post so all of you can link up with us.

As you know last month I completed my one year run streak.  I thought I would go longer but early in the month I knew I was not.  I was OK with it.  It was a great experience but overall am glad I am done with it.  It wasn’t horrible but just didn’t want to run everyday anymore.  Here are a few things I learned from this run streak.

🏃🏽‍♀️My streak, my rules.  For it to be “official”, each day the runner would have to run at least one mile.  Whatever.  😆 For the most part I would run at least one mile each day.  This Winter was harsh and we got hit with a lot of snow.  It felt like it would never stop.  There were days when I would not run one mile but it was because I couldn’t with all of the snow.  I didn’t care.  Running in the snow is still hard work.  Other days it was cold too.  

🏃🏽‍♀️I took it easy and made it fun.  I had a mixture of workouts and thankfully 3-4 days were easy runs.  I did many of those runs at an easy and comfortable pace.  I also walked and still counted them as running miles.  Again, my streak, my rules.

🏃🏽‍♀️It’s a mental game.  There were days when I did not want to run.  However, I would tell myself that it would “only” be 13-15 minutes.  Once those minutes were over, then I would decide to stop or keep going.

🏃🏽‍♀️I am stronger than I think.  My coach always reminds me of this.  Running everyday is not easy.  Many days I was tired and wanted to stay in bed or watch TV.  But I went out there and ran.  There were also run/paces that he had me do and I would say/think that I could not do it.  I doubted myself A LOT but he would always believe in me.  My coach had me run a 5k and I did it.  I think that is the longest I’ve run without stopping.

🏃🏽‍♀️I found the “why”.  There were times when I wanted to quit and my coach asked me to think about why I was doing a run streak.  At first I thought it would be something fun to do.  But then I wanted to stop.  I realized that the “why” is because I can.  I am healthy.  I can run.  I really had no excuse not to run.

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16 Comments on Fit Five Friday: 5 things I learned from my run streak

  1. Well done on your streak! I am trying to get at least 5,000 steps in a day at the moment myself but have been overdoing it on the running and need to cut back a bit.

  2. Somehow I missed this post!

    After using the bathroom and making some lemon water and tea, the first thing I do in the morning is Yoga. I haven’t made it a full year, but came really close. The only days I missed were either being very sick or just during the whole ordeal with my mom this summer. I do it because it makes me feel calmer and physically better, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t days I don’t want to do it too! And days I want to do more, but just don’t have time.

    You did a great job with your streak, Zenaida! I like your takeaways.

  3. I love this <3. I tried a streak once and then got injured. I think because I was trying to do it based on other runners’ rules. It’s so good that you made it for YOU and your why.

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