I really enjoyed the RW Summer Running Streak that lasted from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July. It was the perfect way for me to stay active in the early months of my pregnancy when I wanted to do absolutely nothing all day. I liked it so much that I decided to keep streaking past the streak end date. I didn’t have a plan as to how long I was going to keep going – I just wanted to keep going as long as I could!
I decided this week that I need my rest days back. I’ve been having random soreness in my one ankle (different spot from my May injury). I don’t think it’s anything serious, but I think if I want to be able to have more quality runs, I need my rest. Already adding in 2 rest days this week, it’s feeling better. I want to run as long as I can through this pregnancy so I think I’m going to need some rest in order to make that happen. Not that there’s much rest when I’m chasing after a busy 2.5 year old all day!
It’s not like I was really racking up the miles while continuing my streak (I’m lucky if I get in 20-25 miles/week), but I’m obviously injury-prone (thankfully I haven’t had any serious injuries, just minor pesky ones). The only way I know how to keep myself injury-free is to allow myself to rest. I loved the streak, but it was also getting to the point where I felt like I was putting pressure on myself to make sure I got in my running or walking for the day. I want to enjoy running through my pregnancy without any pressure or feeling an obligation to run/walk a certain amount.
I ran 8 miles on Sunday which is what prompted my decision to end my streak. That is the farthest I’ve run in weeks and it felt absolutely amazing; however, I really felt like my body needed to rest the next day. It’s funny that 8 miles is a long run for me now. Last year in August, my long runs were hitting 14-16 miles while getting ready for the Baltimore Marathon. At that point, 8 miles would have been a routine weekday run.
So there you have it – no more streaking, but I’m so thankful to still be running. In the end, I ended up with a streak of running or walking at least a mile a day for 63 days. That’s not bad for a pregnant runner I’d say! Even though I’m ending my streak now, I still love the idea of streaking. It’s a great mental and physical challenge and I’m sure I’ll do another one someday.
Have you ever done a running streak?