May 3rd 2021

Today I completed one entire year of running 5km every day. There was some {mostly internal) debate over whether — because 2020 was a leap year — day 365 or 366 would count as a full year, but I realised that since the leap day was before the start day, it made no difference. It also didn’t really make any difference anyway.

So today is a whole year. Three six five days. At each milestone along the way I’ve pretended that it’s not a milestone. Day 100 was not a milestone, it was just another day. Day 200 was not a milestone, it was just another day. That’s been the party line throughout, but let’s be honest… day 365 is quite cool.

I’ve told myself repeatedly not to enjoy the milestones because then it’ll make me more likely to quit when I reach the next one. “100 is a good streak. I can call it there”

I could see that happening. And so instead, at each milestone I have acknowledged it, and moved on. And that’s no different today. Today is the big one, yes. But it’s also the biggest so far. And there will be more. The next one is day 500. And then it’s New Year’s Eve for a whole calendar year. Then it’s two whole years. Then it’s day 1000. All of those are bigger than today, and that’s what I hold on to.

I’ve been asked a few times today when I plan to stop. And honestly, I will carry on until my legs don’t let me. There will never be a day where I voluntarily choose not to go. I will need to either be injured, or infirm. And even then I’d do my best to find a way to make it work.

In the last year I have run on all kinds of days. Sunny days, snowy days, rainy days. I have run in Ullapool, Cheltenham, Swindon, Cheltenham, Stroud, and Edinburgh. I am the Local Legend of Pittville Park with over 300 activities in the last year. I have run whilst literally drunk, as well as when hungover. I have run when tired, or depressed, or angry. I have run with people and alone. No matter what my day has been like, I have always found 30 minutes to run. And I will continue to do so.

Until tomorrow, onto the next one.


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