And despite the fact that it didn't last as long as I had hoped it would, I still feel like it was a good learning experience.
And I plan on starting another one in the near future.
Ultimately, I have only myself to blame for the streak ending. Who else would I blame?
Last week, I went to Phoenix to help out with a race. And it turns out, the work was MUCH harder than I had planned on. I'll post more about it in my re-cap, but regardless, I HURT.
Didn't get to bed until late Wednesday night. Woke up early Thursday morning and started working at 7:30 am. And finished working around 9:30 pm. And I still hadn't run yet.
And, for the first time since July 27th, I made the decision to NOT RUN.
It had been a long day. Fourteen hours of work. In Phoenix, where the temperature had been around 100 degrees. Despite drinking more water than ever before in my lifetime, I had only had to pee twice. I may have set records.
I was tired. I was hungry. I was sore. I was sunburned. I had blisters.
Yepp, that run WASN'T HAPPENING.
And so there it was. Runstreak over.
I felt really conflicted, and to be honest, I woke up racked with guilt the next morning. So I ran the next morning. It hurt. It was slow. But I did it.
And now, I haven't run since. I'd been battling a bum knee for a few weeks already, and add in the phsyical exhaustion from the weekend and I knew my body needed the time off.
I'm glad I gave my body the rest it needed. My knee feels better than it has all month. And even though I have Warrior Dash this weekend and Ragnar next weekend, I know that the time off my feet is what my body needed. (Not necessarily what my MIND needed! I missed those runs!)
I'm going to post more later on lessons learned from my runstreak, but for now I just felt I needed to post this and clear the air about it being done. I feel kind of guilty. Like I let the internet down. But I know that I can always start fresh and I'm planning on starting new come October, after I've had some time to recover from my Ragnar ADK race at the end of September.
So here's to the runstreak, which lasted 47 days.
Not too shabby. We'll go for double next time. :)