Today is November 21st, the day after my Streak Anniversary! Yesterday, I celebrated 31 years of running without missing a day. The Streak Registry (yes, there is one – and I’m number 58 on the all time list) showed me as reaching this milestone on Friday – I guess due to extra days for leap year over all this time. But, since I started my streak on November 20th, that’s the day that I always celebrate.
So many people are flabbergasted when they hear that I’ve run that long without missing a day. It just doesn’t seem like that big a deal to me. Now, don’t get me wrong – I am super proud of my streak. And, I think that my Hubby is prouder. He is always telling someone about it.
The reason that I say it doesn’t seem like a big deal is that running is just something that I do everyday – regardless. It’s like brushing my teeth or eating. I get up and run. I get up, lace up my shoes and head out the door. I don’t really think about it – I just do it.
And, with every passing year, I’m more happy with my streak. So many runners that I used to run with (yes, I actually did used to run with others ) are not running anymore. That makes me sad. I can’t imagine what I would do if I couldn’t run.
I also get sad when people say that they don’t enjoy running. If I didn’t enjoy it – I certainly wouldn’t do it every day. I love running! I love how it makes me feel – and how I feel when I’m doing. Knowing all the good things that I’ve just done for my body.
Last year, I celebrated 30 years with a 30 mile run – but, didn’t do anything quite like that this year. I did a nice and easy 10-miler. This has been a weird year. It started out in January with the butt pain that I got during the half marathon. That seemed to never end. Luckily (and with the help of my chiropractors), it finally calmed down.
Then, in August, my little knee issue. All these years of running with no knee problems at all. All these years of almost no problems. Then, this year. My Hubby always tells me to not dwell on it and to just be thankful that I’ve gone this long without any major issues. And, to always remember that my streak is still intact.
And, he’s right. I’ve listened to my body enough all these years to know when to cut back a little. And, I know that most runners (myself included) don’t really like running on their treadmills, but, they can be a life saver, a streak saver and a help in recovery. The track on the treadmill is not as hard as the pounding on the roads – so, it’s a good thing to do when you are recovering from something.
Anyway, my knee is better. It wasn’t anything major – my chiropractor is pretty sure that it is just a tracking issue. He can’t feel anything wrong with it. So, that’s a good thing. And, my 10 miler went well yesterday.
As strange as this year has been – I’m looking on it as a blessing in disguise. All the stretches, squats, wall sits, ankle exercises, etc. that I’ve done this year has become part of what I do everyday. Twice a day. I will also keep going to my chiropractor once or twice a month. If nothing else, I feel that the cracking of my feet he does helps my feet stay strong.
So, here’s to another year of my streak! And, here’s to hitting my next streak milestone!