I just ran 18 days in a row and it totally ruled. #RWrunstreak

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What’s the best way to recover after a failed running challenge? Begin again. And go bigger, apparently. I didn’t want to talk about it, afraid that as soon as I did, I’d quit. I didn’t even use the hashtag (gasp!) for the first three days, just to be sure.

Can I even run 3 days in a row? 4? 5? 18? 36?

I am running the Runner’s World run streak: 36 days of running one mile or more in a row, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. 36 days of awesome, indeed.

As it turns out, I can run 18 days in a row. I am now halfway through the streak. Who knew?

I can run in the rain, in the cold, in the snow, on the road, at the beach, in the city, at the gym, in the morning or afternoon, or at night. I can sneak Roozle in to the gym and she will sit behind the treadmill and let me run a mile then clap for me when I finish.

I can run faster than I ever could before; I beat my best time twice this week. I can run without music. I can run in shorts in 30 degree temperatures when I run out of long running pants and need to do laundry. I can run the block at Roozle’s school before picking her up. I can run the loop near my house with ease, the same one that felt so hard and awful this summer.

18 days of running had a lot to show me.

I’m stronger than I thought. I can do hard things. I don’t quit when I keep going. I don’t quit when I keep showing up.

Now I just have another 18 days to go. Let’s go!

Author: Casey

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