I began the streak on 1/1/14 when was struggling with an injury and couldn't run, to help me be consistent with cross-training. I made my own rules, which simply require a minimum of 10 minutes per day of exercise to "count". It's rare that I only exercise for 10 minutes, but that leniency came in handy when I was suffering through cryptosporidium, when I had whatever intense virus I had 11 days before the Prairie Fire Marathon in 2016, during tapers, and in the first couple of days after marathons. Plus, when I started the streak and couldn't run, on days that I dreaded cross-training it was easy to think, "Just 10 minutes and I can stop", which would get me started on the spin bike or whatever, and once I got going I'd go for a longer duration. Let's face it, 10 minutes of anything isn't worth the laundry so you might as well get in a decent chunk of time!
It's been very easy for me to maintain this streak, because even before I started it I pretty much always exercised 6-7 days a week...this just made it more official! I looked back at my training log, and although I technically started counting the streak on 1/1/14 to make it easy, the last day I took off was 12/27/13. So as of today the total streak is 1511 days - 12/28/13 through 2/15/18!
I don't really think this is significant in any way, but I also don't think I'll be letting it go! Hopefully I can be a 90-year-old lady still plugging away at this crazy meaningless streak. If I make it until I leave this world, someone note my total streak days in my eulogy, please!
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