November 20, 2015, was the 30th anniversary of my running streak. I have run every day since that day in 1985! Want to know what I did on that day? I ran 30 miles! I have run numerous marathons during my life – but, never anything longer than that. I decided earlier in the year that I wanted to do something special on that day – and running 30 to celebrate 30 was what I came up with.
I had been training all summer for a fall marathon and had several runs of over 20. But, I was still a little worried about the unknown. Especially since I wasn’t able to do my marathon a couple of weeks ago. It had been 4-5 weeks since my last run of over 10 miles. But, I talked to a friend and fellow coach and he took my worries away. He said to just consider it a longer taper and assured me I could do it! Thanks, Coach Jeff!
It ended up being a beautiful day – except that it was pretty windy in spots. Low 50’s. Perfect. I was worried about what to wear – but, ended up wearing just the right thing! I had a base layer under a lightweight half zip and could have done without one of them – but, then I’d turn a corner, have the wind in my face for miles and then be thankful to still have them both on.
The run went well. I had decided that I was going to take it easy and just go slowly. I also had to make a promise to Hubby. As you know – I never run with my phone. But, he made me promise to run with it and to call him every 10 miles. I promised him and he saw me put on m RoadID – so he was happy!
Anyway, back to the run. First 20 miles went great. I stopped at a convenience store for a pit stop and some Gatorade at 10 and 20. (Yes, also the times that I had to call Hubby!) I got a little sluggish between 24 and 27 miles and stopped at about 15 1/2 for a Pepsi. That must have helped because my last 3 miles went great – and my last mile was considerably faster than the other 29!
It’s hard for me to believe that I’ve been running every day for that long. I really don’t even think about it. It’s just something that I do every day – like brushing my teeth. I get up, lace up the shoes and then get out and run.
Some funny facts, though. When I started my streak – a postage stamp was 20 cents, gas was $1.20/gallon and Ronald Reagan was president. Kinda scary, huh?
That’s the story of my 30 to celebrate 30! It was a great run and a super way to celebrate!