It was a cold and miserable day today. Rain, sleet and snow pelted South Jersey all day, but I still hauled myself outside for a run, just like I've done every day since November 26, 2013. Yes, today marks the one year anniversary of my run streak.
I was just coming off an amazing race this time last year when I thought I needed a new challenge. Enter Runner's World's holiday run streak. Run at least a mile every day between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. I started two days before Thanksgiving and never stopped, and don't plan to anytime soon.
I don't know the exact number of miles, but I estimate it to be around 1,500. Every single one of those miles was outside. I ran in temperatures as low as 0 degrees. I ran in a foot of snow. I ran every day leading up to my first ultra. I ran the day my son was born after getting only a half hour of sleep the night before. I ran barefoot on the beach. I ran in the woods. I ran mostly on streets and sidewalks.
And here I am completing a year of running, with many more to come: