My husband and I kicked off 2012 with the goal of a year-long running streak. The rule was to run at least one mile every single day of 2012. Most days we would plan to run more than one mile, but the minimum requirement was at least one. We did great through those first few months. Everyday we laced up our shoes and hit the road. Sometimes we did it together, sometimes separately. As we moved through the year, we changed the rules and decided that the one mile could be walked, as long as we completed a mile. Towards the second half of the year, that is exactly what we did. Every single night, we walked our one mile. Whether or not we already ran or worked out that day became irrelevant. We started walking a mile together every night, no matter what. We walked in the blazing summer heat, we walked in the rain, and we walked very late at night. We walked when we were tired, and we walked when we didn't feel like it. We walked on vacation. We walked when we had out of town visitors (we made them walk with us). We just did it. It was a nice time we had together, just us, getting caught up on our day without the distractions of home. It became very routine.
Then nine and a half months into our venture, on my husbands 40th birthday on October 12, it happened. We forgot. We had some people over after work for a little get together, we got distracted and completely forgot. I woke up on October 13th completely devastated. OK, maybe devastated is an exaggeration, I realize people have real problems. I couldn't believe the streak ended after all these months. We agreed we would pick it back up and finish out the year, but a funny thing happened. All of a sudden it became less of a priority. We walked a couple times after that, but since we didn't feel the pressure to keep the streak, it didn't seem like a big deal to miss our mile. A couple days missed led to a couple weeks missed, until we weren't even thinking about it anymore. I was still working out, I was still running, but that daily mile streak was dead. Something that was so important to us for so many months suddenly was off our radar.
So when I read about Runner's World 2012 Holiday Running Streak I figured this was the perfect chance to jump back in with two (running) feet. The challenge is to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving, Thursday November 22, through New Years Day. The key is to develop the healthy habit of lacing up those running shoes every single day. Most days I will try to run more than one mile, but on rest days I will be sure to put in at least one. I am already registered to run the Fort Worth Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving Day, so that first day will be easy for me to get started.
You can read the Runner's World Article here. There is even a Twitter hashtag to track your progress and
I think this a great way to stay motivated and keep healthy habits alive through the holiday season. Who's with me?
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