Ending the Streak

I just broke my #runstreak when I reached 60 days. After two months of running every single day, I learned a lot of lessons, but the primary one that stuck with me is that I don’t need to run that much.

Because I burn out. I get tired of it. I ran 9 miles this past weekend, and it was hard. Not that running 9 miles is every easy, but I know what it should feel like.

And this wasn’t it. On top of being physically hard, I wasn’t mentally there.

So I broke my streak and decided that maybe my 1-mile filler runs weren’t the way to go. I decided that maybe, just maybe, I shouldn’t be worried about marathon training, either.

The way I see it, I run for fun. Sure, it’s about fitness and health, but mostly, I run to keep myself entertained and mentally stable, though it might not always be in that order.

By the end of this #runstreak, I was not having fun anymore. I had discipline and determination, but I wasn’t having fun. A 9-miler may not be fun by most people’s standards, but I was looking forward to it.

And it sucked.

In fact, the whole few weeks before that run had sucked. Looking back, I think I was doing too much, too soon. I was coming off an injury and immediately started to increase milage to get going before the summer and make sure I could hit a marathon in October.

I overshot my ability with my goal, and now I’m paying for it. Not physically, mind you, but mentally. I haven’t injured myself, but I’m in that phase of training where I dread running.

That’s not like me.

So I’m taking a step back, moving my runs from daily to 3-4x a week. I enjoy running a 10k 4x a week. That’s the most fun I’ve ever had running. It wasn’t overbearing, and it wasn’t physically hard to get that as my base.

Sometimes, you just have to take a look at where you are and where you want to be. More than anything, I want to not dread running and love it again. So I’m training for that at the moment.

I think I can get there in just a few weeks of trying.

B.J. Keeton

B.J. Keeton

B.J. is a geek, gamer, podcaster, and livestreamer. He has been the co-host of the Geek to Geek podcast since 2016, and he helped start the Geek to Geek Media Network. His biggest pet peeve is when someone spells Wookiee with only one E. One time, he told his friends he liked vegetables maybe more than he did Star Wars, and they made him put a dollar in the jar. That should tell you everything you need to know about him. Find him on Twitter as @professorbeej or on Discord as @professorbeej#1337.

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2 Comments

  1. Des @ Finding the Skinny Geek Within

    It’s good that you can recognize that! I think taking a step back and only doing 3-4 runs a week is a great idea! But keeping that streak going as long as you have is something that you can always be proud of! Awesome accomplishment and that should totally be a life ‘achievement’!

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  2. Lord of the Sith Sweetman

    Congrats!

    60 days is awesome, take the time and really celebrate that accomplishment man!

    Reply

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