As of yesterday, I had ran or walked at least a mile (usually running, usually more than a mile) outdoors for 63 days. During this time I had taken 6 minutes off my half marathon PR, run 6 half marathons, accrued mileage of over half of my 2009 total already (235.7 miles vs 460 in 2009 TOTAL), and last weekend I participated in the Texas Independence Relay, a 200-mile 12-person 40-leg relay. In fact, I captained a team for the relay and drove one of the 12-seater big white vans over 800 miles.
Since returning from the relay, I've been completely exhausted. And I'm trying to get ready to head off on vacation to Napa Valley on Thursday. So last night, hubby and I needed to run a lot of errands in the evening and I was saying I'd do my run late in the evening then (like 8:30-9:30 pm). Meanwhile, right after dinner and before errands, I almost fell asleep on the floor - and it's 7 pm! We ran our errands and then towards the end my stomach was feeling really sick. And I just continued to feel more and more drained.
So about 8:45, the streak died when I consciously chose not to run that night. And don't think that I entered into that decision lightly. My husband is so sweet and didn't want me to regret the decision later so we talked about it for 5-10 minutes before arriving at the decision. I had been feeling like I'd already gotten the most out of the streak about 3 weeks ago and wasn't seeing as much benefit in it now. Plus I was wanting to do more speedwork that meant my "off days" were literally just 1 mile walks. And finally, my body was just telling me to rest. That's the nail in the coffin - that I was as mentally and physically exhausted as I was.
So, RIP Running Streak, you will be missed. You made my legs so much stronger and provided me with heaping spoonfuls of mental toughness. I received tremendous benefits that have helped me be in the best shape of my life. But it's time for a change... and some rest.