On running and daily exercise. . .

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I run, walk, or exercise in some manner every day of the year. Last year on December 19, 2014, I had a run streak anniversary of 365 days. I continued on that running streak until day 406, when injury to my foot and shin ended my running streak. It did not end my exercise, and after a short break for healing, I was back to running. I did change some of my running strategies. I listened to my body and took off from running for a total of 29 days in the past 365 days. That means I ran at least 1 mile for 336 days out of 365 days. On some of the non-running days, I walked. On other days, I did strength training or weight lifting.

One year later, I am a stronger and faster runner. My short distance running is the fastest it has ever been, and I know I am still improving. I am working on my long distance running in preparation for my second marathon next month. I am seeing it get faster as well. I have learned a lot about myself and my strength. I had to overcome obstacles to achieve my fitness goals. I have ran outside in all kinds of weather conditions from the heat and humidity of summer to below zero windchill factors in the winter. I ran in 16 races in the past year. That includes one marathon, three half marathons, one 10 mile, four 10Ks (6.2 mile), one 8K, and six 5Ks. It’s been a hard year with the injury, and it’s been a great year after the healing.

I would not change anything about the experiences I have had this year. I am a stronger, faster, and smarter runner because of the injuries. I have made some incredible running friends online and in real life who inspire and encourage me daily. I hope in some small way that I encourage others with my posts about running and staying active. I plan on staying active and listening to my body. Will I do another long-term running streak? I have not decided. I am currently doing a streak where I run or walk at least one mile per day. I am currently on day 33.

My word for 2015 has been “endurance.” Looking back at my journey this past year, that is a great word for me. I am looking at my goals for 2016, and I am thinking about what my word for 2016 will be. Stay tuned for those announcements around the New Year.

 

Here’s a picture from Run Day 400 on January 23, 2015, and from my run this morning.

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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