Holiday Running Streak


It’s been a quiet fall for me–that is quiet on the racing front.  It’s the first time in awhile that I haven’t had any fall races on the calendar and I’m starting to miss having a challenge on my plate.  So the other day when I read one of my favorite Runner’s World columns, The Newbie Chronicles, I decided to take author Marc Parent’s advice and sign up for the Runner’s World Holiday Running Streak. Parent describes this as “a challenge to run at least one mile every day through the sticky-bun gravy-trough of Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.  You sign on and gut it out for the next 40-plus days or call yourself a quitter…essentially [this is a] Don’t-Get-Stinking-Fat Holiday Streak.”

I don’t know about you but I need a little extra motivation to get out the door during the holiday season.  A. It’s cold out; B. I don’t want to run after gorging myself on treats; and C. the Time Factor–there is always somewhere to be, someone to visit, shopping to do, priorities to be had, etc.  No excuses this season.  I’m not saying don’t “eat, drink and be merry” but a challenge like this is easy enough to get me out the door and provide guilt-free indulgence later (plus when I’m running I usually don’t crave cookies and pies as much!). I love Parent’s humor in the column and he hit the nail on the head here, “You never feel guilty about the run you don’t take when you take them all.”

If you are interested but not sure this is for you, check out the Frequently Asked Questions posted by Runner’s World.  I’ll see you out there!  Follow me @MileOneCounting #RWRunStreak.

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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3 Responses to Holiday Running Streak

  1. Ken Ikeda says:

    I’m in! One day down.

  2. Jessica Vesey says:

    Whoop! I’m in too! Turkey Trotted to get things started!

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