Holiday Running Streak is Over: What I’ve Learned from the Experience of Running Every Day through the Holidays.

Before I sum up my Holiday Running Streak today, I’d like to share great news with you: the story of how I decided to become vegan has been published on Forks Over Knives site! I am beyond excited to receive recognition from Forks Over Knives – the amazing documentary that was the key inspiration for me to go plant-strong back in the day. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it: you can get it through FOK site, buy a DVD on Amazon, or find it on Netflix. Thanks Forks Over Knives for giving me a chance to tell my story! (You can read it here.) Right before Thanksgiving 2013, I decided to commit to a new running challenge – to run every day, from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day, for at least a mile. I was hoping to achieve a few goals: 1) To stay motivated to run after all … Read the rest of the post

More Holiday Running Streak: Weeks 4 & 5 (Days 19-32), Plus How I Managed to Keep Running Every Day and Eat Vegan While Traveling

Christmas morning in Huntington, NY Wow, I can’t believe how fast the last couple of weeks flew by! As I continued my Holiday Running Streak making sure to run daily for at least a mile (usually more), I also got a chance to get out of my comfort zone during our trip to New Jersey and New York for Christmas to visit my husband’s family. What was so “out of my comfort zone” about our trip? Well, I’ve gotten very used to my daily routine at home where I could go for a run in the morning in fairly warm South Alabama winter weather, and then follow it with the enjoyment of playing around in my own kitchen fully stocked with plant-based vegan ingredients to make whatever foods I felt like… yep, quite an enchanted lifestyle indeed 😉 . During our six-day out-of-state trip, I wasn’t the one making the rules about our … Read the rest of the post

Holiday Running Streak: Week 3 Recap, Days 12-18

Week 3 of the Holiday Running Streak is over, and I’m officially in the uncharted territory, at least by my own standards: I’ve never before in my life run every single day for 18 days straight! Okay, I’ve got to be honest – this doesn’t really feel very challenging since I’ve been running anywhere from 1 to 6 miles per day during this time, so it’s not like I’ve been pulling a full-length marathon daily! Also, it helps that by the time the streak began  I was already in decent running form coming off my marathon training that lasted for 16 weeks and ended on November 10 (with the marathon, naturally). At the beginning of this running challenge, my main concern was to take it easy on the daily mileage in order to avoid getting injured – or, to be more precise, to make sure that the almost constant mild aches and … Read the rest of the post

Holiday Running Streak: Week 2 Recap, Days 5-11

What started out as an experiment on Thanksgiving Day turned for me into a never-before attempted commitment by the second week of my Holiday Running Streak. That’s right: I’ve never run every single day before, even for a week, so embarking on a challenge to run daily from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day has thrust me into an uncharted territory. The best part: by the time the second week rolled around, I learned to enjoy my daily runs and to look forward to them! Holiday Running Streak: Week 2 Breakdown This week turned out pretty busy for me: on top of my running and fitness efforts, I also was heavily occupied with my handmade toy line, The Monkey Village (hey, Christmas is coming!), had to go to New Orleans for half a day on Thursday (a 2.5-hour one-way drive from where we live), plus running this blog and writing posts regularly … Read the rest of the post

Holiday Running Streak Begins! Week 1: Thanksgiving through Sunday.

When I announced my intention to participate in Holiday Running Streak this year, I still had about a week and a half to go before the official start on Thanksgiving Day. As it always happens, the big day rolled around in no time, and here I was, embarking on a new running challenge: to run every day, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, for at least a mile. I was a little nervous because we were supposed to travel to our friends’ house in Panama City Beach, Fla., to spend Thanksgiving and the following couple days. Would they think that I was weird with all of my running feats? Thankfully, everything turned out just fine, and our friends were very cool about everything. I used to live in Panama City Beach a few years ago, and while I’ve never wanted to go back all that much after leaving, there’s been at least … Read the rest of the post

New Running Challenge: the 2013 Holiday Running Streak!

Are you familiar with that empty feeling that we get the day after reaching a big goal, when we can’t help but ask ourselves, “What’s next?” I’m sure any runner gets a little sad the day after a marathon not just because his or her muscles are sore, but because the big day they’ve worked so hard for is over… Well, this year I’ve decided to not just beat that feeling of emptiness after completing my marathon, but also to try something new in running, something I’ve never done before! (Drumroll please…) Enter the 2013 Holiday Running Streak, introduced by Runner’s World magazine! The idea is to run every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, with a minimum of 1 (one) mile a day, and a maximum… well, everybody decides on their own maximum. It’s free, there are no lower or upper limits on weekly mileage or speed, and to announce our … Read the rest of the post