Eighty hour works weeks, buying a condo, traveling for the holidays. Excuses, excuses, excuses. E-fucking-nough. I’ve got to get a regular running and studying routine going, and its got to happen now. To help that along I’m taking a page from Runners World and doing a little holiday streak challenge. I’m committing to running and studying Hebrew everyday* from Thanksgiving to New Years Day.
I’ve had a lot of success, and some failure, with run streaks in the past. When I first got semi-serious about running I developed a run streak which lasted a little over 100 days. During that streak I set PRs at every distance. Eventually, I got a nasty case of the flu and ended the streak. Next time I started a streak, I stubbornly ran while injured just so I could keep the dumb streak alive. That was stupid and hindered my performance for quite some time.
With this little streak, I’m hoping to find some middle ground. Since the streak has a set end date, I don’t anticipate injury being an issue. If it is, I’ll stop. The point of this is to get back in the swing of running regularly, not to end up injured again. I’ve been smart and cautious with my training for a while. Now I think it is time to take it up a notch, to start banking consistent miles, so that I come out stronger and faster in the spring.
The Hebrew study is a more clean cut case of just getting my lazy ass to focus. Its way past time to make studying a habit and a priority. There’s really no physical or intellectual downside to studying everyday. It’s not like I’m going to hurt my brain or something. I’m just going to have to find the time. I say it is important to me, now it is time to prove it.
It’s going to be a busy 41 days. I’m looking forward to it.
Anyone else out there interested in doing a holiday streak? Join me, it’ll be fun.!
*For running, the minimum will be three miles. For Hebrew, I’ll be studying for at least fifteen minutes everyday, but the total time of study must average out to a half-hour a day over the period of the challenge. Got that, dork?