It's a very slow process - two steps forward, one step back - but I'm inching in the right direction. - Rob Reiner

November 30, 2012

December 5K a Day Challenge

I don’t know about you, but I have never had a consecutive running streak.  Sure, I’ve done 4 or 5 days in a row, but I’m talking about a real running streak.  I’ve seen lots of people who have ran 100 days or more in a row, but I’ve never given it much thought for myself.

They say consistency is the key for improvement, and I’ve known people who have committed to a consecutive running streak to improve their running times… I was thinking…maybe I should give it a shot…start small.  December is a tricky month for working out.  We get busy with the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s cold out, etc.  There are lots of excuses and reasons to skip your workout.  You work out hard all summer and get in great shape, only to see it slip away in the winter months.

So, I’ve decided to try to motivate myself to stay active next month with my December 5K a Day Challenge. 

What is it?

Well, it’s basically just what it sounds like.  Starting on Monday, December 3, through Monday, December 31, I will attempt to run at least 3.1 miles every single day and earn my first 29 day running streak.  Why am I not starting on December 1st?  Because I’m weird like that; I like my weeks to start on Monday’s not on the weekends.  I’m not saying I won’t run those days, because I probably will…they just aren’t technically part of my “challenge”.

So would anyone like to join me?  If you would like to participate in the December 5K a Day Challenge, leave a comment below.  If I get at least 10 people who say they are interested in participating by this Friday, I will make this an official contest and have some kind of prizes, and official rules, etc.  But even if I don’t have an official contest, you can still participate informally….and feel free to blog about it or leave me a comment on your progress and I’ll include you in my blog.  I will be providing weekly updates on my progress.  It will be motivational to me if I know there are some of you out there who are joining me!

So, questions for you?

1.     Would you like to participate in the December 5K a Day Challenge?  If so please leave a comment below.
2.      Have you ever had a consecutive running streak?  If so, how many days?

So, help me spread the word.  Blog about it, tell a friend, etc.  Let’s get people moving in December!  Hurry I don't have much time to pull this thing together :)


  1. I haven't done a running streak, but it sounds like fun. Every time one of these starts, I'm in the middle of training for something and scared about getting injured running every day.

    Good luck!

  2. This sounds like just the challenge that I need to get me out of the post halloween candy-Thanksgiving 8 pounds that I put on.

    I'm in.

  3. This sounds like fun! I've never had a running streak, but I am planning to begin one on January 1 for the year (but a minimum of 1 mile per day).

  4. I would join, but I know I won't be running on Dec. 3 or Dec. 4 (the days after my race this weekend). Maybe I'll do it in January--my birthday month--a good month for streaking!

    Good luck. I think it's a good idea, and sensible unlike some running streaks.

  5. I think it is great to put a challenge out there for December. I would love to do this but I have two important races during December and will travel a bit and taper some so I won't run every day. All the best with your streak! I ran every day for 365 days in 1997.

  6. I'm here to participate. Count me in!

  7. i mentally psych myself out of these. "surely there will be a day(s) where i am not in the mood" and then i end up copping out. i know, i know, shame on me! more power to you though! today i was out running and decided "hmm i should probably take today off" so i turned around and went home, LOL.

  8. I haven't done a running streak...but it sounds like a lot of fun!! Good luck!