Sunday, March 24, 2013

Spring has sprung, and the sap is still running.

It's supposed to snow today. Most of it is hitting south, but we still have strong winds. The ground is still partially covered with old snow. It is pretty miserable out. The calendar says it is Spring. Like most Chicagoland seasons, the weather doesn't match the calendar.

It doesn't look like this, not even close.
It was with the likelihood of a warm up during March (last year we hit 80) that I decided I would streak through March. Actually I didn't start my streak until March 2nd and figured that I would run through April 1st; an April Fool's Day ending seemed appropriate. As of today I have run 23 days in a row and it looks like I may make it to the end.

My friends, Bobbi and Kim, ran a 5k everyday in December. I thought that there was no way I could run everyday. (By the way, I ran 140 miles in December. I like underestimating myself. I keeps me pleasantly surprised.) The March running streak challenge had some promise for me. I only had to run a minimum of one mile. I've run a mile in jeans on my treadmill (dreadmill) a few times just to get my mile in. And I thought it would warm up as the month went on. (Ha. Ha.) My favorite running weather is 50's with a slight wind. It's supposed to hit 50 on Friday, and I am ecstatic. The bitter wind and cold has held on strong this month. The sun's presence and the temperature going just above freezing has caused some personal excitement.

Although I am not at the end of my streak, I've noticed a few things:

1) I can run everyday. The slow short milers have been great recovery. I am not going all out every run and keeping the next day in mind.

2) I will make time to keep the streak alive. Even at 10 pm I can squeeze in a mile. I am normally kicking myself for waiting so long in the day.

3) When I decide to do a short run, I almost always want to run more. I've gotten into a habit of running. My body enjoys it, and time slips away a bit. I feel better. All the things I love about running come out.

4) My treadmill may be my second choice, but it is sure nice to have an option to running outside on crappy days. My dreadmill has some programs on it, and I've had the chance to hike mountains and do intervals this month. I haven't done the programs in a long time. It was almost fun. Close but not quite. It is still a treadmill.

5) I have gotten faster. This I didn't expect. (Disclaimer: For me a 10 min/mile is fast.) Last week I managed to hold on to a 10:17 average for 8 miles. (I did get a quarter-sized blister but am refraining from posting the picture. You're welcome.) One of my runs had had a 9:58 average. Craziness. And then running again the next day. Sheer craziness.

I have almost put in 30 miles this week. My weekly mileage is up (which I expected with a daily run).The streak is alive, and I look forward to ending the month strong.

Who knows? I may just keep streaking.


  1. I also dislike the dreadmill but it is nice on these crap days we have been having in March! I am going to have to jet set out of here if it gets much worse...

  2. I hope you get those temps soon! I think I saw a high temp this weekend that had a 5 in front of it.. and it was two digits long!

    I am so proud of you for kicking butt on this streak and feeling awesome!!! I especially love #3, that your body loves it and wants to do more :) And what an awesome perk to be getting faster!!! :)

    Thanks for the shoutout!

    I hope we can run sometime soon :)