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During the month of May, I took on the challenge of running and/or walking at least one mile every day for mental health awareness. The Still I Run Streak is the first "run streak" I've ever completed. Some days, that mile took everything out of me. Others, I happily ran 3-4 miles and felt great afterwards. By the end of the streak, I had run/walked a total of 60 miles in 31 days.
1. It's easier to form new habits than it is to break old ones.
I was surprised to find that creating a new habit - running/walking every day (no matter what) - was much easier to commit to than "quitting" a bad habit. Something about adding a new activity to your routine is more appealing than subtracting something that's already ingrained in your everyday life. So instead of giving up ice cream (not going to happen), I've committed to eating more fruit this month. And guess what? I'm still enjoying my ice cream and reaping the nutritional benefits of eating more fruit at the same time. After all, it's not about depriving yourself of the things that make you happy - it's about intentionally doing things every day that are good for your body, mind and soul.
2. It actually takes less mental energy to be intentional.
When you stop seeing an activity - in this case, running/walking - as optional, you eliminate the mental battle that goes along with choosing to participate in it. The time and energy that I would usually spend debating whether or not I should go for a run (and coming up with excuses not to) was entirely eliminated when I committed to the run streak. There was nothing to debate. My run suddenly became a priority. It would happen every day. No. Matter. What.
The weird part? Not having an option was somehow incredibly freeing. I felt like a little kid again: no stressful decisions, just me, my shoes and the road.
Have you ever completed a run streak? Tell me about your experience in the comments!