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Streak

So for the month of December, I decided to do a “streak” – run to the end of the park and back every day. Having just taken two weeks off after my big race, an easy 3.5 miles felt good. Everything was going great until about a week in – Dallas was hit with an ice storm. For those of you not from Dallas, we don’t have the equipment to remove the ice from the roads, so we are pretty well stuck until it melts. Which is usually the next day. 4 days later, there was still ice on the roads. I decided to brave the roads to drive to the gym to run on the treadmill so that I wouldn’t break my streak. The treadmill is pretty much pure torture but I was really focused on my goal and I didn’t want to have to report back via this blog that I couldn’t make myself run 30 minutes on a treadmill. The ice lasted for 5 days and I went to the gym and ran despite how much I didn’t want to. Even after the ice melted and I was able to run outside again, there were mornings that I really didn’t want to get out of my warm bed to go run in the cold. But I did.

 

Why streak?
It can start (or restart) a fitness habit. Once you get used to just doing something everyday, it becomes easier because you don’t have to think about it, you just do it.
It can help you figure out how to combat excuses not to do it. I could have let the ice storm stop me from running, but I found a way.
It can give you a great sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to continue your fitness habit.
It should be something that is not too difficult, running 15 miles every day is probably too much for most people.
Start with something that almost seems too easy, like 20 seconds of plank per day. It’s hard to argue that you can’t spare 20 seconds.
Pick something that you’ve have been wanting to do.

 

I’m on Day 18 – 10 more days to go!

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