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Last week I received an email from the good people at Runner’s World Magazine asking if I would go streaking with them.
|Hey mom, you’ll never guess where I’m calling you from…|
As in, their Holiday Running Streak. A mile a day between Thanksgiving and New Years. And with my ultra training off to a mighty fine start, if I do say so myself, I figured, I’d be all over this. So I enthusiastically said, sure thing! Absolutely! Count me in!
And then I quit running.
I’m not sure exactly how it happened. Blame the turkey. Blame the travel. Blame all of that pesky registration/inspection/car stuff the state of NH made me do this past week. Blame the cranky kids, blame the things my support system had to take care of that trumped my running schedule (totally understandable). Blame the fact that time really does fly by when you get older, but I find myself here, 10, yes TEN days since my last run.
I’m pretty sure that’s not the kind of “streaking” Runner’s World had in mind. Do I feel ashamed? Do I blame Runner’s World for jinxing me? Did I catch a case of the “lazy”or “excuse making” that runs rampant like an epidemic this time of year?
Perhaps the latter more than the former, but the point of my story is, it happens to the best of us. Believe it or not, running is not my *entire* life (though if I don’t get in at least 5 miles today I’m pretty sure I will self destruct. Like, true human combustion) Even with skipping 1/3 of November running, I still logged 95 miles. I am content with that.
But today my friends, marks December first. The last month of a year that will go down in record books for me as one to never forget. For so many reasons, good and bad. But I vow to end this year on not just a good note, but an EPIC note.
So who is with me? Join us for Runners World Holiday Running Streak of 2011. ( On Twitter? Be sure to you use the hashtag #RWRunStreak ) Or don’t (I do love rest days too!) But whatever you do…be sure to make this the best month yet.
How do you plan to end your 2011?