Right before Thanksgiving, I was contacted by Runner’s World magazine to see if I’d be interested in being a featured blogger for their Runner’s World Holiday Streak. The idea of the streak is to run at least one mile a day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Of course I said yes, but for so many reasons other than the fact that Runner’s World was asking me to be a part of one of their stories.

#1. I was just coming off the Philly Marathon and definitely up for the challenge of running at least a mile a day.

#2. NYC is the best place in the world to get creative with squeezing in a run.

#3. The holidays/finals are certainly a time when fitness might fly right out the window in favor of studying, shopping, lounging by the fireplace and sipping hot cocoa.

(Ok, I don’t have a fireplace but you get the gist)

#4. I often commute with my two feet, so now I’ll just do it a little faster.

#5. It’s Runner’s World, people. I’m a total geek.

So far, I’ve run the following completely random at-least-one-mile runs:

  • CPR/AED class (damn near in New Jersey, it was so far on the west side of town)
  • To and from work
  • To and from the grocery store
  • Around and around the UN buildings (where security would let me go, anyway)
  • Regular ‘ol Central Park
  • The Outlaws’ neighborhood in sunny Florida
  • Random sprints up and down 2nd Avenue

So far, so good with the Streak. I’m discovering that I can get one mile done almost anywhere in the city, as long as I have my running shoes one. Well, except for on the way to CPR/AED class when I was wearing my sandals. I had a birthday party after that. No wonder my shins are so sore today!

Point is, it’s totally do-able. I’m sure I’ll come up on a day when I really have to bust my hump to figure out how to get that one mile in, but New York kinda lends itself to this sort of challenge. We New Yorkers commute via our feet and trains instead of cars and I personally wear workout clothes almost all day long because of what I do for a living. The weather has also been exceptionally warm here in the east coast and I am thankful there are no freak snowstorms to curtail my enthusiasm for my daily runs.

I’m curious how the rest of you are doing with your Streak. What do you think of it?

Tell me all about it in the comments. Tweet is using the #RWRunStreak hashtag. Join us now for the rest of the Streak. Or maybe commit to a 30 Day Challenge of your own (yoga, walking, something sweaty every day) and see how creative you get to be/have to be with it.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress here and in the My Workouts section of the blog. In the mean time, happy Streaking!

Now go out and run!

14 thoughts on “Streaker

  1. Hi Abby! Just found your blog – I work at the Soho store and am so excited to follow you here! I love the streaker challenge – I’ve thought of doing a similar challenge on my own, so I’m excited to see how it goes for you!

  2. I’m doing the RW Run Streak, since I saw you tweet about it and you convinced me!

    I’ve been injured so I was always weary of back to back days, but just running 1 easy mile on off days has been wonderful! After my 16miler on Sunday, my legs felt stiff and sore Monday, but the very slow 1mile run really helped shake things out — I wouldn’t have attempted that without the streak.

    It’s gotten me off the couch at night and outside to enjoy the fresh (brisk) air. I run regularly, but it’s funny how just a simple 10min. run of those off days can wake me up and make me feel better.

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  5. Hi Abby,
    Congrats on completing the streak!
    I heard about the Runner’s World streak on the radio and decided to give it a try since I had just come off my fall marathon and needed a new challenge. I successfully completed the challenge and have now decided to continue the streak in 2012. I am putting a dollar in a jar for every day I run. Come to think of it…I should change that to putting the dollar amount of miles I cover in the jar…better idea and bigger reward at the end! In addition, I told my daughter she gets the dollar if she runs the mile with me. So far, I have all of the money! But, I am holding on to the hope that she will join me once the weather gets warmer.
    Run on,

    • Karen,
      Congrats on finishing the Streak!I love that idea of a dollar for every mile! What are you going to do with your “winnings” when you’ve complete your 2012 Streak?

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