#Runstreak – 6 Months!

#Runstreak – 6 Months!

Jun 03
#Runstreak – 6 Months!

It has officially been 6 months since I started my runstreak, which began back on December 3nd, 2014!  I’ve logged 462.5 miles over six months (putting me on pace to finally crack 1000 miles in a year based on increasing volume), and I’m feeling absolutely great!  My pace has steadily increased, my foot feels 100%, and I’ve rediscovered the love for running that has evaded me for what feels like years now.  Going on a run every day is automatic at this point.  With the exception of a handful of challenging days (due to work, not feeling well, or mimosas at brunch), logging a minimum of 1 mile each and every day has not only become as routine as brushing my teeth but has also become one of my favorite parts of the day.

I’m fascinated by the idea that increasing the frequency while at the same time reducing the overall volume could have such a positive impact on my state of injury.  My left knee and right foot feel the best they’ve felt in years.  Its almost as if the constant motion and lubrication keeps the inflammation and soreness at bay.  I will say that the one part of my body that doesn’t seem quite too thrilled about running every day is my back.  But I also haven’t been swimming as much, and when I don’t swim my back hurts, like all of the time.

After six months of base building, I’m finally feeling ready to start upping my weekly mileage.  I put in close to 27 miles last week, and I’d like to (slowly) start edging that number towards the 30-40 miles/week mark over the next several months.  I have no races on the calendar for the year with the exception of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon and the TCS New York Marathon, both of which are in the fall.   That gives me the entire summer to gradually increase my volume, work on my speed, lean out, and focus on staying healthy.

I’m proud as hell to have made it this far, and I’m halfway to my goal of doing it for an entire year.  Anything can happen between now and December, but I’m cautiously optimistic that I’m going to be able to pull this off!