The Wonder Woman Runstreak!
Guest Blogger Nancy Cook
When I think of streakers, I think of crazy people. Remembering back when I was a ski patroller at Killington one of only 5 woman patrollers, we would get the random call of a “nudity” issue on the slopes – whether it was male, female, topless, bottomless or both! 🙂 My friend Ned was “famous” for streaking through the Rutland mall parking lot and we continuously would laugh about those days! If you are wondering – the answer is no, I never did ski topless. 🙂 I did however ski with tights on and my Louis Garneau bike outfit. 🙂
But now streaking has taken on a new meaning to me. Runners World put forth the challenge to get people up and running every day for at least a mile from Thanksgiving to New Years. Since I was currently running consecutive days and loving these motivations to keep on the pavement, I joined in. I was able to talk a few of my dailymile friends to do the same. It was Sandra and I who braved it out those short winter days to get our runs in and shared “you are a rockstar” motivations! At first I thought that maybe my body would get tired, achy, and not want to go out every day. I usually catch a cold in the or feel under the weather that a day off is always so nice, but knock on wood, I have stayed very healthy through this whole timeframe. I always have looked forward to my run, but something about this streak thing has me craving running even more and finding new ways to squeak in the miles.
Yes – I get up every day and start my day with a run with Oakley, my beautiful 11 year old yellow lab. (Check out my last post on running with your Canine Companion) We run 2-3 miles in the “hood” and I miss him when I have to travel or coach on the weekends. Coaching skiing at Mount Snow is my regular weekend gig. I really didn’t know how it was all going to fit into my winter lifestyle, but honestly it has been AWESOME to run in this mountainous area that I love as my second home. The hills are challenging, but making me so much stronger! I have new loops up there that I run every weekend now. The added bonus is the cheers from my fellow coaches, ski instructors and families as they pass me in their cars. They think I am nuts, but they are all so encouraging and have become quite a motivator.
Today I have been running every day for 95 days
Yes that is running every day since before Thanksgiving for at least 2 miles of running per day. Approaching the 100 day mark is really exciting. I love counting the days!
When will I stop? I really don’t know yet, I want to prep myself that I may not be able to keep this up and listen to my body – so when that time comes – I will stop. Promise. 🙂 First I will hit 100, then 150 and so on, but ultimately I would like to go a full year. If I can keep this up during ski season when skiing is my prime sport – I KNOW I can do it during the other seasons too!
Why streak? It becomes a habit. It is a challenge. It is another goal to pursue. You have an excuse to tell your story, why you run…. and experience running everywhere you go. You have a reason to change it up, otherwise it will get real boring fast! It is something I haven’t done before and as a cancer survivor, I celebrate every day, so why not run every day!
Today is 51 days till the Boston Marathon.
This will be my 25th marathon (not including my 4 Ironman Triathlons & 50 miler) and my 8th Boston!
I am feeling really strong and I credit this runstreak — nothing gets in my way to get my run in and actually I am known for 2 runs a day to lessen the impact on my body and to get in those additional miles. I have been doing fairly low mileage weeks lately because I am so darn busy, but hope to increase in the next few weeks.
Things I have learned from “streaking”
1. Plan ahead – when & where are you going to run?
2.”Just do it” – get out there and run! NO excuses. Even if it is 1 mile (that can be a rest day)
3. Change the scenery, find new routes – keep it interesting
4. Find friends to run with and talk to, it will keep you going & entertained!
5. Hydration, diet and sleep are KEY to keeping up with any endurance event or goal like streaking!
6. Stretch, yoga, meditation – do what it takes to stay flexible and not get injured
7. Log every day – dailymile is great for posting a note about each day of your streak- tell your story and keep yourself accountable.
8. It’s all a balance, time with family, time to cross train and time to run!
9. Celebrate your success and share with others – people are real supportive of this healthy habit/obsession called running.
Here are some links of interest on Runstreaks that share the fun and many others that streaking right along with me. I found some other streakers by keyword #runstreak on Twitter too. How fun! There are people that have been streaking for more than 1500 days — just incredible stories out there. I hope that my story of the “Wonder Woman RunStreak” will be just as incredible some day. Wish me luck and watch me run!