Just to let you know- this blog is no longer active. I'll be keeping up my 101 in 1001 list until its completion, but will not be writing new posts. You can read the post below if you want the long version. Thanks for the journey to all my friends in the blogosphere!

Saturday, August 15, 2009


So, Thursday was a busy day. So busy, in fact, that as I was lying in bed, seconds away from falling asleep, this thought popped into my head:

"When did I run today? Wait...I don't think I ran today. I definitely did not run, at all, today. It's one in the morning, my husband is asleep, the treadmill is piled up with clothes, and I haven't run a bit."

Instead of going into a mild panic and scheming ways to run a mile in the middle of the night (as I did the last time this happened), I just thought, "Well, there goes that." I admitted defeat, rolled over, and went to sleep.

So, in other words, I've been issued yet another fail for this challenge. (See here , here, and here.) It's not an issue of physical or mental difficulty; I don't run hard or long enough to be adversely affected by daily runs. It's a not really a time issue; even in the busiest day, I can't say that I couldn't squeeze in one 9 minute run. (Possibly in the time it takes to write a blog post or catch up on my Google Reader...) It's really a priority issue.

I've messed up this whole daily running thing so many time since April 25 that all the special is kind of washed off of it for me. I've definitely reaped benefits from all this running, but to have to start over my year now seems kind of pathetic. I'm still running, no doubt. I've got a marathon coming up, remember? I just wonder if I should shelf the whole "running every day for a year" thing for a little bit. What if I restarted the day after the marathon, with one big accomplished checked off behind me? Could I run every day of 2010? That would be a nice, neat, clear-cut goal.

Anyway, I still love the idea of this challenge and am not (as my husand and probably others do) writing it off as just an unpractical and unachievable goal. Somehow, it seems that the timing wasn't quite right this time. What do y'all think?


  1. I think you should be proud of yourself for all of the days that you DID run a mile (or more) b/c that is a very hard goal!! I am contemplating starting my own goal of a run every day. My dad also does those "quirky" goals. I think you should be very proud of yourself--maybe you should just focus on the marathon right now and then take on the challenge of a mile every day! I ran a marathon in 2006 and know that that is a huge task within itself, much less the run everyday as well!!! :-)

  2. Running every day is a hard thing to do! Sounds like you have done pretty well so far! Keep up the good work!

  3. It is truly tougher than nine minutes a day and you have a lot of time to start a few quirky streaks...

  4. I think that, for me, the idea of 365 runs is that you are making it a lifestyle, a priority. The fact that you even thought about it at 1am shows your commitment to running and the goal at hand. I wouldn't scratch the entire year because of a few "fails." Rather, re-define what you want 365 to be about... if at the end of that process you decide it really is about at least a mile, every day, then go for it (again). Otherwise keep on going as you have been, you are totally doing it as far as I'm concerned.