In the last couple of days, life has conspired to thwart the joggling streak.
First, the weather in Chicago has been brutal for running. This morning it was -2F (-19C). Throw in that made-up wind chill factor and it was -8F (-22C). Brrrr. And the days before have been just as bad.
Second, my usual work schedule has been disrupted. I’m participating in some off-site work meetings so I haven’t been able to use the work fitness center. The life of a chemist juggler is so glamorous.
Third, my legs are tired! I’ve never run 25 days in a row before and the legs are rebelling. On some days I’m having a hard time joggling a sub-8 minute mile.
However, a streak can provide its own motivation. There is something that burns inside you when you’re on a streak. You think about the streak. You anticipate problems. And you naturally figure out a plan for keeping it alive.
For example, this morning I skipped out on my usual 5:00 am blogging activities and went for a 4-mile joggle instead. Yesterday, despite getting home from work late (9:00 pm), I went for another 4-mile joggle.
That brings the juggling streak numbers to the following
Days – 25, Miles – 138
Tomorrow, I get back on the treadmill for some speedwork. Just maybe I can get a good time in the Tampa Bay marathon next weekend.