Saturday, December 26, 2015

Daily Running Streak Concluded at 622 Days

After a disappointing running experience at the 2014 Umstead 100 in Raleigh, North Carolina I resolved to start a daily running streak to acquire consistent momentum in my running life.  The first day of the streak was put in the log on April 10th, 2014.  I recently made a decision that it was time to let this current streak go.  The last day of the streak was put in the log on December 22nd, 2015.

Total Days: 622
Total Miles: 4,990
DailyAverage: 8 miles
Shortest Run: 2 miles
Longest Run: 31 miles
Hottest Weather: 90 D F
Coldest Weather: -4 D F

Other highlights: every run was a get outside run outing.  My best streak within the streak was a 38 day double digit streak wherein I logged at least a 10 mile run every day for 38 days straight.  My previous longest running streak was 102 days.

Thoughts: The streak was a success with regards to me getting back momentum in my running life.  I am very pleased with my current momentum and I am hungry to keep it rolling.  Coming into 2016 I am mindful of how many miles I have logged for 2015 [currently at 3,221 miles].  My hope for 2016 is that even with an occasional break I will log a similar or greater number of miles.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Day 622

Logged Running Streak Day 622 via a 6 mile run in Republic, MO.  Enjoyable outing.  Slept in after going to the new Star Wars film with my son Jacob.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Day 621

Logged Running Streak Day 621 via a 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  I actually slept in this morning in a good way.  I was schocked to discover how warm it was today - already 56 at 9 AM - late in December in the Ozarks.  I was distracted by laundry and other things that needed to be done today and therefore I kept it short.  I am starting to feel better.  Perhaps tomorrow will be a ten or twelve mile outing.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Day 620

Logged Running Streak Day 620 via 7 miles in Republic, MO.  Scott joined me after mile one.  The plan was out 5 and then back, but at 4 I decided it would best to turn and make straight for home to avoid a bathroom emergency.  Made it home thankfully.

Day 619

[Yesterday] Logged Running Day 619 via a 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  I started out thinking four miles but opted to cut it short to allow more recovery time related to getting on the other side of being sick.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Day 618

Logged Running Streak Day 618 via a 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Had a full road tripping day picking up the youngest from college.  Threw this one in after the trip and before pizza and movie with the family.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Day 617

Logged Running Streak Day 617 via a 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  This was a medicated run as I am dealing with congestion.  I did enjoy the fresh air and the sun.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Day 616

Logged Running Streak Day 616 via a 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  I stayed home sick today and I was strongly tempted to let the streak go today.  I didn't.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Day 615

Logged Running Streak Day 615 via an early morning 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  I am currently under the weather.  I have congestion in my chest which is zapping my energy.  Hoping to recover quickly.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Day 614

Logged Running Streak Day 614 via 10 miles in Republic, MO in mist and big winds.  Great to get outside!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Day 613

Running Streak Day 613: 2 mile raining day niblet of a run.  Got it done - and was thankful to keep things rolling!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Day 612

Day 612: 6 mile run in Republic, MO.  Enjoyable out-and-back in very nice weather.

Day 611

[Yesterday] Day 611: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Spent a good junk of the day Christmas shopping with my wife.  Snuck this one in between shopping and going to fetch dinner.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Day 610

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 610: 10 mile run in Republic, MO.  I ran from my house to the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield - around the loop - and back.  The weather was crazy warm for December in the midwest.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Day 609

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 609: 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  Another early morning get-r-done run outing.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Day 608

Running Streak Day 608: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  The situation with the car continues and therefore my run window continues to be minimal and therefore my outings continue to be on the short side.  I might have slightly overdressed this morning, but with only 3 miles that was not a big issue.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Day 607

Running Streak Day 607: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  Will be another week of getting out the door early as I am still without a car to get myself to work.  Enjoyable outing this morning.  The legs are starting to get some chip back.  And yes, I am still carrying a good buzz from the 50K performance on Saturday.  I am actually thinking about doing an event report on it - something I have not done for a few years.

Day 606

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 606: 2 mile sore leg shuffle in Republic, MO.  Still was carrying a good buzz from the 50K performance the day before.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Day 605 You Don't Know Jack 50K

#Running #Streak Day 605 was like a dream come true. One of my best race performances in the last 4 years. The last couple years I have been employing planned walk segments during training and events. I decided this week that I would attempt to run today's 50K without employing any walk segments or even pauses at the aid stations. Given that my longest run without walk segments this year was 10 miles, I was really taking on a big challenge. The course was an out-and-back 50k with 16 miles on very loose rock. At the turn around I was in 8th place overall and got a solid energy boost via passing all but 2 of the runners ahead of me. I did get "chicked" therefore I was number 2 male and scored a solid award. I did accomplish my goal of keeping it rolling the entire distance without throwing in the walks or pauses. It was great to take another run trip with Scott who was the solo marathoner today - number 51 for him!!! We also enjoyed visiting after the event with our great friends Jim and Judy who I had not seen in YEARS! Super encouraged with my current momentum!#DailyMover

Day 604 50K-Eve Shakeout

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 604: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Day 603

Running Streak Day 603: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  Thankful that one of my dogs woke me up this morning to get in a morning outing before departing for work early with the wife again today.  It was a refreshing crisp environment outside the door this morning.  Two days before the You Don't Know Jack 50K.  Still envisioning going 31.05 miles without employing the rejuvinating walk segments.  Just want to get on a 8:50 to 8:55 pace and stay under 9 for the entire journey.  I have tomorrow to get my clothes and gear organized.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 602

Running Streak Day 602: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Slept in and squeezed this one in before getting a ride to work with my wife.

Day 601

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 601: 2 mile evening run in Republic, MO.  I continue to be squeezed for time with us being done a car and needing to carpool.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Day 600

Running Streak Day 600: 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  Legs felt chipper.  Getting excited for Saturday's 50k!  Fun to celebrate 600 days today!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Day 599

Running Streak Day 599: 10 mile run in Republic, MO.  Scott joined me for 8 of the 10 this morning.  My 1st double digit outing since Tulsa on Sunday.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Day 598

Running Streak Day 598: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  Minimal window of time this morning before work.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Day 597

Running Streak Day 597: 2 mile run in the cold rain in Republic, MO.  This was just a get-r-done outing before a huge day of work!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Day 596

Running Streak Day 596: 5 mile run in Republic, MO.  Enjoyable outing before hitting the road to visit the oldest boy!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Day 595

Running Streak Day 595: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  I stayed up way late last night watching stuff with my youngest son who is just home for a handful of days.  Because my car is currently out of commission I need to go early this morning with my wife.  All of that to say that I was thankful to at least sneak in a solid 3 miles this morning.  Legs felt chipper and I am encouraged with the direction my conditioning is heading.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Day 594

Running Streak Day 594: 6 miles in Republic, MO.  No walk segments - working on a new strategy.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Day 593

Running Streak Day 593: 3 mile run in Republic, MO.  It turned out that I had rocks embedded in my trail running socks and they were painful.  I had to pause during mile 2 to attempt to dislodge a few.

Here is a little collage I made from photos from yesterday:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Day 592

Running Streak Day 592: 26.2 mile run in Tulsa, OK.  Enjoyable outing at the Route 66 Marathon.  Somewhat disappointed with the time - but thankful that I mostly won in the category of mental toughness via not bailing out as much as have in the past when my goals for the day start slipping away.  It was great to run with Mike McMahan and actually finish together for the 1st time.

Day 591

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 591: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Wintery mix - first of the season.  This would just a nibblet as it was the eve of the Tulsa Route 66 Marathon.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Day 590

Running Streak Day 590: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Just a wee bit of a taper week niblet!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Day 589

Running Streak Day 589: 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  The kink in my left foot only takes a mile to work.  I am optimistic that it will not be an issue on Sunday in Tulsa.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Day 588

Running Streak Day 588: 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  Tested out Sunday's racing socks.  Was pleased with the socks.  I still have an irritated right foot.  The good news is that it comes and goes on the run.  Some Exedrin on race day will likely address that concern.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Day 587

Running Streak Day 587: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Another outing in the rain.  Left foot is somewhat disturbed - seems to either be a worn out shoe issue or something else minor.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Day 586 In the Rain

Running Streak Day 586: 4 mile run in the rain.  Solid progressive splits.  Marathon on Sunday - i.e. - this is marathon week!!!  Optimistic of my most effection performance of 2015!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Day 585

Running Streak Day 585: 10 mile run in Republic, MO.  Scott joined me for 8 of the 10.  One week from today we get our marathon on in Tulsa.  I have ordered some new socks and a new shirt.  It might be possible to sneak in my fast marathon of 2015.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Day 584

Running Streak Day 584: 5 mile run at the Wilson's Creek National Battlefield with Scott Griffith.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Day 583

Running Streak Day 583: 4 mile run in Republic, MO.  Crispy morning - my knees felt a bit cold - fun regardless!!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Day 582

Running Streak Day 582: 2 mile run in Republic, MO.  Had to take care of other business this morning and therefore did not get this one in the log before work.  Not a fan of after work run outings.  Was actually tempted to let the streak go - but glad I did not.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Day 581

Running Streak Day 581: 2 mile niblet of a run in Republic, MO.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day 580

Running Streak Day 580: 6 mile run in Republic, MO.  Enjoyable glide around the hood!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Day 579 3000 2015 Miles

Running Streak Day 579: 12 miles in Republic, MO.  Super enjoyable outing!  Pleased with a modification I found for my route. Super pleased to put 3000 miles in the log for the year.  My previous best was 2,484 running miles in the year 2010.  Super pleased with my current momentum!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Day 578

Running Streak Day 578: 2 mile evening run in Republic, MO.  Slept in this morning.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Day 577

Running Streak Day 577: 4 mile up-tempo run in Republic, MO.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Day 576

Running Streak Day 576: 6 mile run in Republic, MO.  Went out super early this morning because of my work schedule.  Did a bit of an up tempo six miles.

Day 575

[Yesterday] Running Streak Day 575: 10 mile run in Republic, MO.  Felt super strong and encouraged.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Day 574

Running Streak Day 574: 10 mile run in Republic, MO.  Perfect weather and my legs felt chipper.  Had fun playing with my new phone: Droid Turbo 2.  A total runner's high sort of outing!!!