What motivates you to stay active? I believe we’re all motivated by different things – food, wine, beer, money, friends, family, health, success? Several of those things are on my list too but I think what motivates me most is setting goals or something that really gets me out of my box. I told you a few weeks ago that I had a half marathon coming up and I created my training plan. Well…it hasn’t gone exactly as I planned. With the shorter days, rain, work, travel, etc. I haven’t really been that motivated to get out there and run. Not even my goal of a PR could get me out there in the cold November rain.
However, as I was perusing Facebook last week, something caught my attention. Runner’s World posted a Run Streak Running Challenge to run at least 1 mile a day from Thanksgiving to New Years. That’s 37 consecutive days of running, seems reasonable to me and a goal that I can achieve. You can download the plan/calendar that RW has put together with suggested runs but don’t let that intimidate you. The intention is to keep you active during the holidays but also let’s you create a good habit. 1 mile per day. Challenge, accepted.
For the first day (Thanksgiving), I was in Memphis visiting family. I got up at about 6 and headed to the starting line of The Official Turkey Trot at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. (side note: there was another ‘turkey trot’ but this was known as the “real” race) The race was a 4 miles. The race emails I received previous said to expect long lines for last minute bib pick up so I made sure to get there early and because I also didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. The race started at 9 am sharp and I waited in my car for 2 hours with my bib. I might have over estimated the “long lines & traffic.” Don’t get me wrong there were long lines but not at 7 am. Traffic – well nothing compares to traffic in Seattle so I might be a little paranoid. (there was no traffic in Memphis at 6:30 am on Thanksgiving morning)
It was a great race! Great course! Well supported and I’d do it again if I happen to be in Memphis again for Thanksgiving. There was about 2,000 runners which compared to the race I’ve done in previous years in Salem, OR, was huge. I was excited to be running again on Thanksgiving especially in a new age group. There were some fast 40-44 women! I ended up being 18th in my age group finishing with a time of 35:28 (8:52 pace). Not bad and I’m proud of my accomplishment. It was a great way to start out the Thanksgiving day & the Run Streak Challenge.
For days 2-3 of the challenge, I ran about 2 miles each day. I left the house where I grew up and headed to the nearby park. I’m pretty sure when I was a kid that route was really like 5 miles but as I kept noticing my home, my route , pretty much everything was much smaller than when I was a kid. As a side note, day 3 was pouring down rain and apparently it was sunny in Seattle which might just prove that there is a dark cloud that follows me. 🙂
Day 4, we were back home in the country and I put in a nice 5 miles. It was sunny and quite chilly but it felt good.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress. And if you want, join me in this #RWRunStreak challenge! I’d love to hear how you’re doing.