the battle between now and later. When I started this streak on the first day of the year, I wasn't sure how long it would go. I thought a month would be pretty sweet. I figured something would come up and I would be forced to stop.
Well, things did come up, but I ran through them anyway. I have a cold now, but it's not too bad so I'm running through it. I had a worse cold in January but I ran through that as well. Then, in February, April got a pretty bad stomach flu and I stayed home from work to take care of her and Lucy. I couldn't imagine getting a run in that day and I decided I would break my streak and focus on what was important: taking care of my family. But then at 10 pm, I was downstairs watching the movie, Twins, while April and Lucy were upstairs finally asleep and I just kept thinking maybe I could get my run in. I was a bit torn because I felt like I was being pretty selfish, but I figured I could do it in a way so that it wouldn't affect anyone. According to the streaking website, I only had to run 1 mile to keep the streak going. I grabbed my phone, and without changing, I ran out the door and ran up and down the street a few times until it was over a mile. 8 minutes later I was back inside and watching Twins and April and Lucy were still sleeping. After this run I realized that I was pretty committed to keeping this streak going. A couple weeks ago after increasing my weekly miles into the 60s I ran an ill-timed 10K time trial. After that, my calf and Achilles were bothering me so I had to cut back the miles. But I could not bring myself to stop running completely. I now feel that I'm at a point in my training where barring any real serious injury or sickness, running a few miles at an easy pace feels like rest. My body is just used to it and I love it.
So what's my plan now? How long am I going to keep this going? Truthfully, I don't know. Perhaps after my 50 miler in May I'll need to take a break the next day, but who knows? I'm just going to keep it going until I don't. At this point, when I wake up in the morning, the idea of not running seems crazy and that's the way I like it :)