It’s funny that my last post was about a run streak. That was back in the spring and I was struggling to be consistent with my running, of course a streak was a great idea; unfortunately it fell by the wayside. I was working too much at a very physically demanding job and my body just couldn’t take the extra punishment. Twelve hour days on concrete floors working as a frazzled, stressed out server totally burned me out this past year. But luckily things have changed a lot in the last six months. I have a much less stressful job, I’m now working less hours and the new position is far less physically and mentally demanding. I have also been taking part in a 30 day yoga and meditation program and think I finally have a handle on my chronic stress issues. I am super into meditation these days. Yay healing!
Yesterday was American Thanksgiving and the first day of the Runner’s World Run Streak that goes until New Years Day. I did a little 3.5k run last night in the wind and drizzle; hopefully the weather isn’t terrible for the last 38 days of the year!
I have remained somewhat consistent with running and workouts this year but, at times, my crazy work schedule got in the way. There was a period of five weeks where I worked two jobs and literally went right from one to the other – no time even to eat supper! That burned me out quickly and reminded me the importance of making time for self care and wellness (DUH). So my physical fitness and mental state may have suffered a bit but all work and no play helped my financial fitness improve dramatically since the spring; my debt is down and I have been saving like a madman. It’s not all bad!
My plan is to end 2016 on a positive note. I am hitting the gym for a weights workout three times a week (I’ll be writing a specific post about the details in the next few days), and my aim is to run a minimum of three kms per day as part of the #RWRUNSTREAK. I will also be doing yoga at least once a week and eating as clean as I can. I want to enter 2017 feeling great and ready to take on some new challenges. I’m considering making 2017 another year of monthly challenges just like 2013 was. It was my healthiest and happiest year, maybe ever, and I am ready to do what’s necessary to feel that way again.
So let’s end 2016 with a bang and make the most out of the final days of what has been a challenging year for many of us. Happy streaking!!