Today marks 6 years on my daily running streak. Six years (2192 days)…I never really imagined the streak going for so long, but now it is just something I do — I run.
This past year (streak year, not calendar year), I ran 1,988 miles, which brings my six-year streak total to 10,906 miles.
I plan to keep the streak going, because at this point I can’t imagine not running every day.
Back in January, I set a goal to run 2019 miles in 2019. In the first half of the year, I kept on a good pace, right where I needed to be to accomplish this goal. I had an especially good month in July, with just shy of 215 miles for the month. Then I fell behind a little in September with only 117 miles for the month. But I got back on track in October and November and had a strong December.
And — I accomplished the goal. I ran 2019 miles in 2019. Well, actually I ran 2019 + 1, for a total of 2020.
Also, my daily run streak remains alive and is now at 2071 days.
For 2020 I want to keep the run streak alive, and also run the year in miles — 2020 miles for 2020.
Today marks 5 years on my run streak. I’m super happy, but It feels a little strange at this point, to think — I’ve run every single day for the past 5 years.
I’ve run in the hot (really hot), and the cold, as well as in the sun and rain. I’ve run in more thunderstorms than I care to admit, and even with a hurricane approaching.
The majority of my runs have been outside, with a few exceptions being on a treadmill when I was on a cruise. The majority have been at least a few miles in length, though I’ve had a few that were the ‘minimal’ one mile to keep the streak alive when I was sick and feeling miserable.
I wish I could say that I have some grand plan for the streak. I will be keeping it alive, but the truth is that I just love to run.
It is my selfish time.
A time where I don’t have to do anything, a time where I don’t have to think about anything. It is just me, the road, and whatever audiobook or podcast I happen to be listening to on that day.
Anyway, these 5 years break down with a total of 8,919 miles, which equates to an average of (roughly) 4.88 miles per day.
Tomorrow begins Year 6 Day 1
I’ve set a running goal for the 2019 calendar year — to run 2019 (or more) miles.
I ran 1,638 miles in 2018, which averaged out to about 4.5 miles per day. That means I need to up my yearly mileage by about 380 miles. A fair increase, but certainly possible provided I can keep from getting injured and/or sick.
With some basic math — 2019 (miles) divided by 365 (days) — I find I will need to average about 5.5315068493 miles per day. To keep that a bit simpler, and to ensure I go over as opposed to under the goal, we’ll just call it 5.55 miles per day.
I have finished another calendar year with my run streak going strong.
It always feels natural to look back based on a calendar year, but in the case of running I also have the run streak year mark, My running streak began on May 1 in 2014. Basically, that was to say you’ll likely get to see a similar summary post come May 1, 2019.
But anyway, here is what I ran for 2018.
1,638.2 miles, which averages to about 4.49 miles per day. (I am looking to increase that amount by about 1 mile each day in 2019, but more on that in a future post.)
Today marked 4 years for my run streak, with a total of 7198.7 miles. That breaks down to an average of 4.93 miles per day.
Tomorrow begins Year 5 Day 1.
I’ve been wearing a Fitbit since January 2013, and I’ve been wearing a smartwatch since the original Pebble was released. But it wasn’t until the newly released Fitbit Versa that I finally felt the need to merge my activity tracking and smartwatch.
The Versa has been on my wrist for a few days now, and while there are a few things I am not fully sold on, I have to say — it seems like a pretty good watch.
Today marked 3 years for my run streak, with a total of 5555.5 miles. That breaks down to an average of just over 5 miles per day. Of course, some days included much more.
Tomorrow begins Year 4 Day 1.
I’ve kept my daily run streak active through 2016 and will be “earning my comma” in a few short days. Yes, I am nearing 1,000 days of running every single day. But instead of looking forward, I wanted to drop a few words about running in 2016.
There really isn’t much to say, which I suppose is both good and bad. On the good side — I’ve kept the streak alive and I’ve enjoyed running every day. On the bad side, 2016 wasn’t much more than routine runs. Well, aside from back in January when I completed my second 100 miler.
Otherwise, I only ran a few small races in 2016. I look to change that in 2017 and have already said I would be running another 100 miler in January 2018 – which means I have some work to do. Here is to an enjoyable (and injury free) 2017.
Having said all that, I closed 2016 with 1,726 miles. And for those keeping track, that was down from 2,004 in 2015.
When I talk about running 100 miles people often tell me how they don’t even want to drive that far. And the funny thing is — neither do I. In fact, I’d much rather attempt to run 100 miles than drive 100 miles. Driving is easy, driving is boring. I would prefer to never drive.
But more than that, people often want to know why I run 100 miles. And the truth is that I don’t really know. The best I can answer is that I like the challenge. Someday I hope to run a distance greater than 100 miles.
The other thing people seem to wonder about is training. You obviously need to be in shape to run 100 miles. Strength and endurance play a key role, as well as nutrition and hydration. But I’d argue that running 100 miles is harder on the mind than on the body.
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