Past week I celebrated 2 years of running every single day. Some days were just 1 mile, while others were 26.2. Some days were pretty zippy while others were practically a shuffle, some days I ran alone and others I ran with over 30,000 people. Nonetheless, I ran 730 days in a row.
Two years ago I was worried of getting out of shape during the holidays. Runners World was promoting a Run Streak from Thanksgiving through New Years to keep people moving, even just a little, through the holidays. Sounded like a good idea, so I got involved. It was a nice way to wind down at the end of each day, and as New Years came and went, I couldn’t find a good reason to stop running.
By running every day, I have found such peace. Most days I look forward to my run after work, but some days are definitely a struggle. I do love the routine and I do love how I know that even if I’ve had a rough day, I’ll work it all out on my run.
Some people have approached me with concern over setting myself up for injury. First, I am still completely injury free (knock on wood). Most of my miles are at a very easy pace, and I have a pretty good balance of road and treadmill with the occasional trail tossed in. I do have my “rest” periods, like right now, where I run just 1-3miles a day each day. This keeps my sanity and helps me shakeout from a long day and by doing 1 mile run days post-marathon definitely helped my creamy body get moving again.
When am I going to stop? I have no idea. If an injury starts to pop up, I’ll definitely have to stop. Until then, I’ll enjoy every mile.