Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Runner's World Holiday RunStreak

Everyone loves the period from Thanksgiving to New Year's.  But what people don't love is the concomitant caloric intake that happens BETWEEN those holidays.  Last year, I embarked on my first ever "Run Streak," and it happened to be the Runner's World 2012 Holiday RunStreak.

What you do is pretty simple.  You run at least a mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day.  It was 41 days last year, and this year it will be a week less.  Only 3435 days for this one!  Because it's a week less, I'm toying with doing a minimum of TWO miles per day.

The results last year were tremendous.  I actually LOST weight over the holidays.  You read that right.  As in, "I weighed less on New Year's Day than I did the day before Thanksgiving."  So you're damn right I'm doing it again this year, even though it's an "easier" streak.

I storified a lot of my Tweets from the streak last year, archived here:

If you have a worry about getting sedentary during the holidays, I definitely recommend this streak.  I did the summer RunStreak, and for some reason I wasn't having as much fun with it.  I'm not sure why.

I do know that there's just something invigorating about doing this streak during the holidays.  Maybe it's the knowledge that you're at least holding the Eating Monster at bay, at a stalemate, while folks in your office/school are gorging themselves.  Maybe it's having a long term challenge during a period of time when people are settling in for a long winter's nap.  Maybe it's the idea that lots of other people are right there with you.  Going out in the dark and cold, climbing up on a dreadmill, clocking their mile(s).

I hope you give it a shot, even if you're not much of a runner.  A mile a day.

Happy Holidays.

P.S. Yes, I used "concomitant" again.  Whatever, I'm a fan.

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