The holiday season is in full swing and I’m still eking out my mile per day. Earlier this week I went on a couple of icy runs in the city, during which I carefully jogged and then even more carefully walked every time I came to an icy patch on the sidewalk. I looked like that character from that movie who runs down the school hallway and then casually walks past the classroom windows (the names of both the character and the movie escape me, and Googling yields no answers). Luckily, I never fell during these sidewalk jaunts, but they were the lamest runs ever. I didn’t think I could make running only one mile even more ridiculous, but trying to run over intermittent patches of black ice and slush while trying to neither fall down nor injure my knee definitely added another layer of absurdity to my winter “running.”
I’m now on the west coast to celebrate Christmas with my family and am squeezing in my (still only) one mile to keep up my streak. My dad has been doing a “walk streak” since the beginning of December, except he actually walks farther than I run. Let’s not dwell on the fact that he’s in his mid-70s and he’s doing higher mileage than me.
Since I’m in the part of the West Coast that is cold and rainy instead of full of sunshine and oranges, I’m back on the treadmill for my daily mile. The good news is that my parents have a treadmill. The bad news is that my mother is an excellent cook, and I’ve been stuffing myself as if December 20th is some sort of all-you-can-eat holiday wherein the baby Jesus cries if you don’t finish your plate. My family also takes great joy in visiting supermarkets that sell foods like chocolate-filled pandas, which is basically food that is specifically manufactured for me. I’d like to think running one mile per day negates the effects of my fun food times, but my jeans think differently.
Tomorrow we head up to Seattle and then Canada, so I expect even more tasty food and hotel treadmills in my future. It also means I might not be posting from the road, so in case I don’t have the interwebs while up north, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas or other assorted holiday time you might be having, and if you’re participating in the Run Streak, I hope you have excellent running weather and understanding family members who don’t mind you disappearing for stretches of time during your get-togethers, and instead buy you nice things.
Are you in holiday-mode yet? Do you know the name of the movie to which I referred to above? How’s your RWRunStreak going? Share in the comments!