After a running lull this summer, I decided that in order to get myself back in the running habit I would try running every day. Even though I have been, at times, very consistent with a running plan, I find it very easy to stray. One rest day turns into several, recovery days after a race turn into weeks. . . . So as I looked forward to some fall races, I started my daily running.
Today marked my 100th consecutive day of running. Starting at the end of August, I ran every day, a total of 595.74 miles, including a trail 50K and a new road marathon PR. I think that PR is, at least in part, due to my daily running.
I did learn one thing: it's kind of nice not to run sometimes. There were plenty of days when I just didn't want to get up in the morning, or, if I hadn't run in the morning, just wanted to go to bed without running. I have decided that it's OK to have those rest days, and to schedule non-running days. I guess there's some message here about my personality, that I somehow feel like I can only do things in the extreme or not at all. Hopefully, moving forward, I can find some balance, following a training schedule consistently without having to compulsively run every day.
In the meantime, I'm sleeping in tomorrow.