Many of my friends got their running starts between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Several magazines and fitness blogs do “running streaking”. Runners World hosts a challenge each year to run every day from Thanksgiving to Christmas. It helps motivate people, get people out the door and helps from gaining holiday weight.
What is a running streak?
Run Streak-Running every day
What are some benefits for “streaking”?
- More motivation to run…it’s hard to stop once you get past 1…2…3…days…then somehow you find yourself at 100 and who wants to break that?
- It builds a base. Inevitably you will probably run more miles, and your general fitness will improve. Like any training, there will be plateaus as well as high points.
So on paper a running streak looks great. You build more mileage and endurance and possibly get stronger and faster. What type of runner doesn’t want to get stronger and faster?
So why isn’t a streak something I’m interested in?
I’m injury prone. I’ve come to a point with my running that I need to take a rest day fairly often. I run high, unconventional mileage and race a lot. Personally this causes me to not only need but WANT more rest days. I take anywhere from 4-8 rest days a month. My current schedule has caused more workouts, less mileage and more rest days.
To be honest, sometimes sipping coffee during my typical run time is all I want to do.
For instance, a couple of Mondays ago I woke up and felt unexpectedly sore. I didn’t plan to rest, but I knew it was the best option. I couldn’t even imagine running a quarter of a mile, let alone 1. So I rested. If I were attempting a streak, I would have still gone for a run…I probably would have been more sore the following days.
Similar to running shoes, there is a perfect training plan for everyone. Some people thrive on running streaks! Other people like myself, don’t! Either one is fine, and that is the beauty of the sport…there are so many paths you can take once you cross the start line.
In summary, running streaks have their positives and negatives. They are beneficial for some and not for others. Similar to running shoes, it depends on the person, the lifestyle and the goals to whether a running streak will work for you. Either way it’s important to have some sort of activity throughout the year.
Questions for you:
Have you ever done a running streak?
How many rest days do you like weekly?