Tuesday, December 28, 2010

50 Days

"To be great, one does not have to be mad, but definitely it helps." – Percy Cerutty

This morning was no different than any other this winter. I put on my cold weather running gear and hit the road. Today's forecast: high teens with a "feels like" temperature of 1F. Wind gusts between 20-30 mph. Snow on the ground. The only distinction that can be made about this day is that is the 50th consecutive day that I have gone for a run.

Why? I don't know How did it start? An accident. I joined a challenge on Daily Mile when there were 15 days until Thanksgiving. The challenge was to run 15 miles in the 15 days, but I misread it as "run at least a mile each of the 15 days". I realized my mistake after 6-7 days but figured "what the heck" and decided to go for the 15. On day 13, I ran a PR for 5 miles. On day 17 I beat my Holden Turkey Trot course time by 30 seconds. On day 27 I broke my 5k PR. On day 31 I celebrated my 34th birthday, in the best physical shape of my life.

The Numbers

I wore the Garmin for every run during this stretch, so here are the numbers as recorded by the 310XT.

Elevation Gain11,557 ft
Avg Speed6.0mph
Avg HR150
Max Avg HR175

I've burned almost 8 1/2 pounds, and climbed the equivalent of nearly two trips up Mt. Washington.

Over the last 50 days, I've noticed some improvements. My zone 2 runs are getting a bit faster, and my speed is starting to pick up on tempo runs and intervals. I've been able to bust out a sub-8 pace on the tail end of most of progression runs I've gone on.


It has been said that after 21-30 days of doing something, it's a habit. After 50, it's automatic. I roll out of bed and drift to the running gear, almost without a conscious thought. Some mornings I'm not even awake until the frigid winter air hits my face. I used to day dream about being able to get up and go for 3 miles every morning. Seems like that dream has become a reality.

I don't really have a goal in mind. I can't say when I'll stop running each day. But I do know that every time I get out there, I'm glad that I did.

Whatever you can do,
Or think you can, begin it.
Boldness has power, and genius,
And magic in it.
- Goethe