I had to pile on the extra layers, hats, and gloves for this chilly week of the Holiday Running Challenge (a part of Runner’s World’s Holiday Running Streak). Despite the cold, I’m more than halfway through my attempt to run at least one mile every day from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day! Here’s how the third week of streaking went:

Thursday: The temps dropped and so did my enthusiasm for this whole running every single day thing at the day 15 mark. After some major procrastination in the morning, I laced up my sneaks for a 3.5-mile run. The hardest part, I’ve realized over the course of this challenge, is just getting your foot out the door, especially in the cold. Once I took my first few strides today, I actually felt really fast… or maybe I was just cold and wanted to get back inside as soon as possible!

Friday: Tonight, I continued my love-hate relationship with running in the winter. I hate layering up in running tights, multiple tops, and a hat and gloves to keep my ears and fingers warm. I hate when my eyes tear up or my nose runs (or worse, forms snot-sickles). And I hate the amount of laundry I have to do because of said layers. But I love, love, love how badass I feel when I run outside while others hit the treadmill. I felt especially tough as I clocked four quick miles, and then significantly less tough as I headed off to a cute holiday pajama cocktail party with my pals.

Saturday: I spent today dressed up like a candy cane running around the streets of NYC. Yes, you read that right. Unfortunately, I don’t think the “running around” I did during today’s NYC SantaCon really counts toward this fitness challenge. So I ran for real in the wee hours of the morning, before my friends and I dressed up in our finest holiday attire (like so) and brought Christmas joy to millions of New Yorkers (OK no, but three families did ask us to pose for photos with their children). Believe it or not, other revelers were out and about that early as I weaved in and out of several Santas and Mrs. Clauses while running. The only thing that would have made it more festive would have been some Mariah on my iPod.

Sunday: There’s something about sitting around all day with your friends watching Christmas movies and football that makes it easy to forget that you haven’t actually done your daily run yet! Late in the evening, I realized time was ticking away. So I took a quick break from, well, doing absolutely nothing and headed outside where I literally sprinted a little over a mile. Then, though I hate to admit it, I ran right back to the couch for the rest of the evening.

Monday: Since most of my cold-weather running gear was in the laundry basket, it was off to the treadmill for day 19 of the Holiday Running Challenge. I tested out some not-boring treadmill workouts for an upcoming story I’m writing for Greatist— so keep an eye out for it! Not to say that the dreadmill is my new BFF, but some of these workout ideas aren’t half bad.

Tuesday: As you can see, I haven’t had a whole lot of company for most of these runs. It’s hard to convince people to join me since the holidays are always busy, and, as mentioned, it’s been pretty freakin’ cold outside. So I was especially excited to have a running date tonight with Drew, one of my favorite running buddies. We bundled up, caught up, and then carbed up back at my apartment. What can I say? When it comes to mac n’ cheese, Drew is a girl after my own heart.

Wednesday: It looks like I may be starting a new streak! Two days in a row of running with friends! Today’s run took me to Central Park to meet up with the always-entertaining Aubrey for a “longer-ish” run (about 6 miles). It felt great to be back in the park (my first time running there since the New York City Marathon last month). During our sweaty good time, we chatted about our training plans for the upcoming Rock ‘n’ Roll USA Half Marathon in March. I have a feeling there will be many more runs with Aubrey in the coming weeks and months since laughing while running kinda makes the miles fly by.

I honestly can’t believe I’ve been running every day for three weeks straight (a new kind of personal record, for sure). Check back here again next Wednesday for more run recaps as I kick off my official half marathon training… and still try to get all that Christmas shopping done! Yikes— only 11 shopping days left!

This week, I remembered how much running in the cold makes me feel tough. What makes you feel like a fitness badass?

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