Friday, May 24, 2013

Runner's World Run Streak

If you recall, last summer I participated in Runner's World Summer Run Streak (I reactivated last year's page so you can check it out again!) - a challenge that has you running at least one mile a day, every day, from Memorial Day to Independence Day. That's 39 days to get in at least a mile! Totally do-able, totally awesome and super fun.

Last year, my ventures in this challenge had me running a 5K or two, running on a cruise ship, and running in the world's largest 10K on the Fourth of July through Atlanta. It was pretty spectacular. In 39 days, I ran 80.88 miles, something that at that point I was really proud of. I wanted to use the challenge as a way to ensure I'd stay active and accountable over the summer so when I jumped into a training plan in August, I knew I'd be ready. I'm also apparently an advocate for a little self-torture, being that summer in the South is no freaking joke.
Running on a cruise ship is not as fun as you would think.
This year, I'm back it. #RWRunStreak, here I come. No specifics in sight, as I plan to still run naked for most of it, but I have one goal in mind: surpass last year's mileage. 80 miles in 39 days? Done. I know a mile route to and from my apartment front door, so this is pretty easy peasy even running sans-Garmin. I think it'll be fun to participate in a challenge like this, where it's solely about seeing what you can put out each day, whether a mile or more, and that in itself is a feat, where it doesn't matter if your mile is a 15-minute mile or a 7-minute mile. Last year, I was able to improve my mile time and went from an 8:26  mile in week 3 to an 8:09 mile in week 5;  now in a mile test I'm busting out 7:30s. How much changes in a year! I'm excited to see where this takes me.

I have no races lined up as of yet for June, even no 5Ks (the horror!) so this truly may be 39 days of just... running. What a concept, Megan.
Peachtree Road Race 2012.
Are you participating in the challenge? Do you have a goal in mind?

You can get some really awesome badges (like the one on top here) and even a Facebook cover photo from Pavement Runner. Join the streaking!

Happy Friday and Happy Memorial Day weekend, friends! I'm off to sleep in, get a little running in and most importantly, going tubing on Sunday. Aaaah, sunshine, tans and beer. Happy weekend indeed!


  1. I LOVE this challenge. I'm going to take it on with you although I will probably regret it immensely as we aren't below 95 degrees anymore these days. I need to go see if the indoor track gym will give me a free pass for a bit so I can see how indoor running works...treadmills suck :/

    1. I'm so glad you're in for it! You know... it's tough, I won't lie. But at the same time it's like "Okay, I can go stand being outside for 10 minutes to go run a mile." It's a good time test motivator. :) Excited you're along for it! Yay!

  2. I am crazy excited about this, ladies!!!! Day one down, 38 to go!!!! WE GOT THIS!

  3. I'm participating, but because of a groin pull, I'm walking right now instead of running. Been out 5 weeks now with this, so I'm crossing fingers I can get at it again SOON (since I have a mountain half marathon in less than 2 weeks and a mountain 50K in less thank 3). :)
    I'll be streaking with you. Slowly, but still out there!