Today I completed a 365 day run streak. I have run at least one mile per day for the past year.
To mark the occasion, below are some initial reflections, interesting stats from the past year, plus a thought about what comes next.
You can do just about anything once a day. Most days it was inconvenient to fit in a run. Some days it was nearly impossible. But when the question was when—not if—it somehow became more possible.
Days are different. There were some days where an 11-minute mile felt like a beating. Other days, a 10 mile run at 10-minute pace felt like a breeze. (Time of day, hydration, nutrition, and stress level were all major factors.)
I am certainly not faster than I was when I started, but I have far more endurance.
For some days, weeks, or seasons, the bare minimum is all I had in me. A mile a day for three weeks beats zero miles a day for three weeks.
I have not had a major injury this year. A lingering case of plantar fasciitis has remained, and my legs have been sore for a year, but I did not have an injury that sidelined me entirely.
Running with a stomach bug and running with hiccups and running after a drink or two are all very unpleasant experiences.
My wife picked up a running habit in the past year, and generally runs with me at least one night a week. This has been a great addition to our marital tool belt. (If she asks me an uncomfortable question, I can still run away!)
While I am not entirely sure what I plan to train for, I do plan to continue running every day except Thursdays and Fridays starting this week. The streak was a great way to become a runner (again), but rest days are going to be crucial if I actually want to become a better runner.
Frozen 10 miler with Ben … before his 50 mile race.
Dallas 2-miler with the Family the day before the Half.
Solo run on Pre’s trail in Eugene, OR.