I am currently participating in an online challenge through Zooma called Love Run. The idea is to get in a minimum of 1 mile or 15 minutes of activity each day from January 1st – February 14th. When I started the challenge I assumed there would be many days when I would sneak in a mile walking at some point to fulfill that minimum. But something has happened and I’m not sure what.
Today marks the 12th day in a row that I have worked out. I have done either 2+ miles of running (up to 5) or I’ve gone to Camp Gladiator for an hour. Every. Single. Day. I honestly don’t know what’s come over me. But I also don’t have a plan to stop. In fact, I worked out twice today. I went to camp this morning and I went out for a short run this afternoon. Perhaps crazy, but I can think of worse things to do with a bonus day off.
I have friends who have done “streaking,” running at least a mile per day for years on end. I respect it. But I’ve never been truly inspired to do it. This feels different. Part of what I like about Camp Gladiator or “Camp” is that it is different every time. Each week has a different theme – endurance, strength & agility, intervals and peak. And the trainers vary the workouts each day of the week. All that variety keeps it interesting. And on the days I don’t go to camp, I run. I don’t intend to keep streaking long term. I’m just going to roll with for a bit and see what happens.
I’ve added some new challenge to my running life too. I started running with my local Galloway group in early January last year. I really enjoy the group because the other runners are “like” me. When I say “like” I mean that most of them are over 40, have imperfect middle-aged bodies and there is a group of them that run the same pace as me! This year I have stepped up my involvement in Raleigh Galloway by becoming a team lead. Being a team lead isn’t a giant commitment, but it means that I am promising to be there each week to run and support others. That means I will need to get my butt out the door and run, even on the days I don’t feel like that. I figure living up to that obligation will be good for me and good for the team.
I don’t need to keep streaking long term, but I do hope to keep going strong.