I’m pleased to announce that on November 20, 2021 I celebrated 4 years of running every single day.
It all started as a way to keep myself running through the holidays. To not get out of shape and to stay motivated. The goal was to run every day from Thanksgiving through New Years. When January 2 came around I thought, “Why stop?” So I didn’t.
By running every day I have been able to meet some pretty cool people, have gained more running buddies, and have something that I can count on every day.
And then there’s Thanksgiving and the annual Drumstick Dash. A tradition in our family that has been going on for at least 15 years (I really should figure that out).
This year was a bit rainy and there was a virtual option as well, so the crowd was really small (under 4000 participants compared to the usual 17,000-19,000 or more).
Adam said if it wasn’t too rainy he would come and try to race me. (I always get to the race early to work for our local running store). When the race was about to start and I hadn’t seen Adam, I started to think that maybe he was being sneaky and was hiding in the start corrals. If that was truly the case, I had to try to beat him!
By the start, I had been standing in the cold for 2 hours while working. I couldn’t feel my toes until I was 1.5miles in, so I didn’t really know what to expect out of myself. After the first mile, and the zooming past all of the walkers (don’t get me started!!), I realized that I felt pretty good ans I thought I could keep the pace going.
While I didn’t PR, I was able to keep an average of 8:31 pace d’or the entire 4.44mile race (it was supposed to be 4.6 miles, but all of our gps watches said differently). For not actually training to race this distance, I was pretty happy with that.
And for those of you wondering, Adam stayed home and did a Zwift ride on his bicycle trainer.
That’s all for now. Happy trails….