(Oh, it wasn’t THAT kind of streak? My bad!)
First off, happy 2014!
This morning I set my kiddos up with their newly acquired Wii U. I made sure they were both happy and content. They have zero concept of sleeping in, even if it is New Year’s Day (Dude got the sleeping in privilege today), so this was pretty early. As always, I told them, “If you need me-”
“- You’ll be on the treadmill in the basement. We know, Mom. Go, we’re good!” Pooks cut in.
Little chimed in with his usual farewell of “Don’t do anything dangerous!” as they continued to press the buttons on the controller.
I knew that this month+ streak was going to be a bit of a challenge, especially with my kids being home for the last week and a half of December. However, I was determined to actually make this 35 day streak happen.
My streak that I had planned for September for Alex’s Lemonade Stand came to an abrupt end 12 days into the month. I’d participated in the holiday streak before but thought nothing of missing a day here or there if my schedule didn’t allow for it or I was “too busy”.
Not this time though! I was committed to running/walking/crawling at least a mile a day, and I did it! Despite school functions, plantar fasciitis, errands, laundry, kids, weather snafus, and oh yeah, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas… I got it done.
1. I decided not to take myself too seriously. If my mile was a 9:30 mile, that was cool. And if it was a 15:00 mile, that was cool too. There were many days that it was on the slower side, especially with my foot pain. And that was okay. I wasn’t doing this to be fast, I was doing this to endure.
2. Most days, I wasn’t content with a mile and figured I could do at least two. Some days it was three. But never more than that. Since I’m not training for a race right now, I was able to do what I wanted with no distance agendas, other than getting at least a mile done.
3. I had fantastic support system! Social media, I love you. My awesome Chick Brooke participated in this challenge which truly made a world of difference. We checked in via text. And pictures. And my bossypantsing her around.
Additionally, following my blogging buddies during the streak and chatting with them on their posts helped immensely. The Challenge Loop that Cyanne and Karen hosted kept me honest. And in search of dinosaurs.
So even though I was running every single run in the comfort of my basement, solo style, I was never truly alone.
4. My kids are finally at the stage where they are (mostly) self sufficient for a half hour. When Little was littler, I used his nap time as my time to tackle the miles. However, as a great big 4 year old, there are no longer any naps. If it’s just us in the house, I set him up with a snack and his favorite movie and then ran down the basement steps to the treadmill.
5. The earlier, the better. Rather than putting it off, I’d get my miles in ASAP. No matter what happened the rest of the day, I accomplished something for myself and therefore I was more productive in other areas of my life.
Setting aside the half hour for myself, whether it be Tuesday, Christmas, or New Year’s Eve helped me to recalibrate every day. During a crazy and hectic month, it grounded me and that was invaluable.
Bring it on 2014! I’m ready for you!
Brooke will be posting tomorrow about her streak, but in the meantime, how did all our streaking friends fare?
My girls are starting to get to the self-reliant age too. =)
It’s a nice age, isn’t it? I wouldn’t let them stay home alone or anything but to have me in the house while they do something on their own for a bit is really convenient. 🙂
You’re so awesome. 🙂 That is all.
You’re pretty awesome yourself, lady! xo
Woohoooooo! So proud of you, and your tips are awesome. Almost as awesome as you and the dinosaur
I’m proud of US! How many miles did you wind up logging during the streak? I’m curious to see the different between someone in training and someone who wasn’t. 😉 I did 62 total. RAWR!
Proud of you!
Proud of YOU!
We are pretty amazing.
yayyyyyy super proud of you! last year i made a goal to run EVERY DAY at least 4 mile a day… and i lasted like a week and a half. it was really sad. waaay to big of a goal. i feel like i might try your streak out…. this might work. love that your kids are so understanding about your running – this is like what i pray my future kids will be like and lifestyle.
basically, i want to be you. creepy? sorry. the cats out of the bag now.
Thank you, thank you! *bows* Honestly, I was pretty happy with how things panned out for this streak. And I think that my kids knew that if mommy getting her miles in, she’ll be happy and maybe even make us cookies! 😉
And hey, I invited myself to your house for dinner so I think we are even on the creeper status.
Great work! I think I’ll try a streak if I’m ever not training for a race (I may or may not have a bit of a race addiction at the moment).
I hear you, April – it’s not often that I’m not training for a race. This downtime is actually pretty sweet – I think it was a major reason this streak worked for me. 🙂 What race do you have next?
Awesome job keeping your streak going!! I am looking forward to doing it maybe next year when I don’t have a race to train for. And you scare me a little bit that my 3 1/2 year old might be not napping in 6 months!!
Thanks so much, Sarah! And my kiddo is closer to 5 than 4 so you might still have some time. *fingers crossed*
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