365 Days of Running (and counting!)

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Last year, my 2014 New Year’s resolution was to run every day in the month of January. I made this goal because I didn’t want to let running fall backseat to the huge changes going on in my life at the time. I dedicated January to running daily and a habit formed. I found my “me” time again :)
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Next thing I knew, February came and went. And when spring came around, I figured well, I might as well keep going. photo (2)

Summer and fall trails filled our miles with joy and our shoes with dirt.
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Late fall and winter running meant back to headlamps and reflective gear, tights and waterproof jackets. But nothing – not one day’s worth of stress or bad weather or social plans – seemed to be a big enough reason to stop the streak.
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On December 31, 2014, Weez, Cabo, and I celebrated my 365th run of the year – a year’s full of happy, healthy legs – in the best way possible: a headlamp-lit, night run in Forest Park with friends.

And just like that, every single day in 2014 was graced with run.

We’ve made some pretty awesome memories because of the streak, too.

Like the time we ran all the way around the rim of an ancient volcano in the Galapagos and got to see the fog roll in and out.photo 1

Or the time were on a 3-day backpacking trip, but carried running shoes to keep the streak alive.  Bonus: running was a great way to warm up after crawling out of a cold tent.

One time, I fell asleep on the couch after a long day and Weez woke me at 11:45PM – just in time to lace up the shoes for a 2 mile loop around the neighborhood.

There’ve been miles on rocks and sand, beaches and mountains, trails and pavement.
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6 different states and 2 countries.
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But most of the running happened at 4:30AM, before work began and we had the sidewalks to ourselves. Headlamps lighting the way. Or at lunch break. Or even on our quick 1-mile “Cabo-loop” at home, between pages in the evening.

It’s been a huge blessing for so many reasons, and for that, I don’t see a reason to end the streak just because 2014 did :)

Cheers to a happy, healthy New Year! And many more miles to come!

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. That’s a HUGE accomplishment congrats! What was your mileage total for 2014?

    1. Efo says:

      Thanks, Janice! I actually didn’t keep track. I tried too, actually, up until about mid-June then just forgot to keep going. Felt kinda liberating to run sans-technology :)

  2. Diane says:

    Wow, that’s an amazing accomplishment. Beautiful pictures, too. I toyed with a longer streak, but realized a few days ago that I was about spent and risking an injury. I lasted 39 days.

    1. Efo says:

      Congrats on 39 days! That’s no small feat! Sounds like you know how to listen to your body. Better safe than sorry! If I were to start feeling injured, I know I’ll certainly stop. There’s no point, ya know? Gotta think long-term!

  3. wanderwolf says:

    You’ve accomplished quite something there! And the best part is, it was all for yourself. Good for you. :-)

    1. Efo says:

      Thanks! Germany, eh?? I can’t wait to get out there for a vacation one year. We’ve always talked about Oktoberfest :) Good luck with your upcoming marathon training!

  4. Rand says:

    Congrats on a great accomplishment- 365!!

    1. Efo says:

      Thanks for inspiring the runner in me, Dad :)

  5. Colorado Gal says:

    I love that Weez woke you up at 11:45pm to get some miles :) Congrats!

    1. Efo says:

      I know right?! He was probably more invested in keeping my streak alive than I was on more than one occasion! Hence, my rock.

  6. Christa says:

    This is impressive and inspiring! Way to go!

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