Hello! Welcome to my first Friday Five of 2016. I'm linking up with Courtney, Mar, and Cynthia for week three's topic Favorites. I thought I'd talk about my run streak. (I hope I'm not a broken record!)
I started on November 2 with the #chasethebird challenge (my recap) and continued through the holidays with the Runner's World Run Streak. I didn't plan to keep going... it kind of happened. I think I'll stop after my next half marathon (February 14) unless I get sick or injured.
This morning was day 75.
LOVE: No more riding the struggle bus ♥
Wowee it is no longer a struggle to get out and run. Even on days when the "feels like" temp is down to 4 I know I have to run so I go out there and get it done. It's only a mile, but sometimes I'm having such a good time I keep going.
Hate: I have to wash my hair all the freaking time
I have really thick, wavy hair and I like to wash it about 1-3 times a week and do a nice blow dry about once a week (which I can get 3 days out of). Ha! That was before the streak. I don't think my hair has looked good for... about 75 days.
LOVE: I'm faster ♥
My streak has kept me honest. I rarely miss workouts on my training plan and I don't drop miles the way I used to. As a result, I'm running longer midweek and treating my mile streak days as mini speed work. My best mile time is down from 8:11 to 7:36 and my 5K went from 26:31 to 25:00. I don't know how it's affected my long distance times yet. We'll see...
Hate: I run out of workout clothes very quickly
I thought I had a ton of long sleeve shirts from races and that four pairs of running leggings was enough. Ha! Not when you're a lazy laundress like me. I also need at least 3 more sports bras. And yeah, truth bomb: I re-wear stuff if it's not gross.
LOVE: I feel great ♥
There have been a few days I absolutely have not wanted to run (mainly weather-related), but I've gone out. [Side note: I do not have a treadmill, nor do I have access to one, so I've invested in a lot of hi-vis gear and pulled out my cold weather accessories.] I always feel better after a run. Even if it's "only" a mile. Even if it's a crappy run like this morning's where I had to stop a few times to catch my breath. When I get home I feel accomplished and proud. As a direct result, I've been less stressed and much happier over the past 75 days.
Have you ever participated in a run streak?
(By the way, my longest "streak" before this was 3 days.) Thanks for joining me. Don't forget to visit the hosts!