I failed the run streak, but ran 31 days in a row, so I totally win.
On Thanksgiving day, I started the Runner’s World run streak. The goal was to run 36 days in a row from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. I got so close, but I failed the run streak. I ran 31 days in a row, then The Sick hit our house hard and I had to stop. Before this, my longest run streak was probably three or four days. 31? No way. If you told me last July that I would run this, I would’ve laughed at you. But I’m not the same person I was in July. I’m stronger. I’m faster. This run streak gave me my best mile by a lot. In fact, 11 of my top 12 miles are from this streak.
I ran faster. I ran outside. I ran in the cold and snow and rain. I discovered that running as a break in my day at work is my favorite time to run. I ran when it felt so hard. I ran when it was easy. I ran when I was tired. I ran when I was too busy. I made the space for running. I made the space for myself. I learned how to show up.
Yes, I failed, but I am so proud of myself. I can’t believe I made it as far as I did. I can’t believe I can do this.
I can do hard things. For real.
I’ll try again next time and I’ll keep running. Can’t stop, won’t stop. Running rules.