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Why a Running Streak Does Not Work for Me

Why a Running Streak Does Not Work for Me

As the fall rolls in (if you’re on the east coast, not so much fall weather), more people take to running outside.  As much as I do enjoy the summer for “real life,” it’s more enjoyable to run in the fall.

Many magazines, including Runners World, host a “running streak” between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I know plenty of people who have run months or even years of streaking.  I, however, am far too injury prone for that. However, if a streak is what helps motivate people and get people out the door, I’m all for it.  Thinking out loud, I’m all for doing what works for you, keeps you happy and is healthy.

But What is a Running Streak?

A run streak is simply running every single day.  Some people say a mile every day is sufficient.  Some people say more than that.

What are Benefits of “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? 

You Build a Base:

By streaking, you’ll probably run more miles, and your general fitness will improve. Like any training and fitness plan, you’ll have high points of feeling on top of the world, and low points and plateaus.

So there are many different clear positives of streaking! 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 higher 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.  I like those rest days.

But to honest, even when I’m running lower mileage, a rest day is something I want.  You don’t lose fitness from a rest day or even a rest week.

Sometimes sipping coffee during my typical run time is all I want to do.

For instance, a couple of Thursdays 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.  I drank coffee, read blogs, and went about my day.

If I were attempting a streak, I would have still gone for a run.  That one mile would have done nothing for me fitness wise, but, I probably would have been sorer the following days.

Keep in mind, there is a perfect training plan for everyone. There is no single plan great for everyone.

Some people thrive on running streaks!

Other people like myself, don’t!

The beauty of running is there are so many paths to fitness once you cross your own personal 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.

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Questions for you: 
Have you ever done a running streak?
How many rest days do you like weekly?

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8 responses

  1. I don’t do running streaks either, as I am injury prone as well. I need to do better about rest days..but I definitely take at least one day a week where I do something light just to get my blood flowing and extra stretching/foam rolling. Just enough to get a little something, but not a full-on workout.

  2. I’ve tried to do running streaks before but never lasted long because of my back. More power to the people who can do them, though! I have a friend who did a streak of at least a 5k every day for several years. She did some truly insane things to make that happen (waking up at 2 am to run before catching an early morning flight, running back and forth in the airport, etc). Injury aside, it’s not worth the stress of trying to manage the logistics. Sometimes, life is just too busy!

  3. I tried a running streak a few years ago and wrote a similar post. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to run every day, if that’s how your training ends up and you’re not getting injured. Most streakers do have 1-2 days a week where they just run an easy mile or two. To me, when I’m training for a race the most important thing is for me to do well in my workouts and races, not necessarily check off the box that I ran every day.

    But honestly… I just don’t love running that much to do it every day. Last Saturday at the 5K, a friend was talking about a local runner who ran 400 miles last month. Good for her, but even if I had all the time in the world, I have no desire to run that much. I would probably do more yoga and cross training but also do other non-fitness things with my time too.

  4. oh man. i’ve heard of this but never considered it. i’m also injury prone and i just can’t imagine a world with zero rest days is good for me (anyone?)

  5. I cannot do a running streak because I am also injury prone. *sigh* And I’m so over being that way!! UGH! Plus, honestly, that’s a lot of pressure. I mean, what if there’s 4 feet of snow outside and I don’t own a treadmill? Do I run around the inside of the house to get my mile in? That’s crazy right there. haha! I typically enjoy 2 rest days a week but am not opposed to adding in a 3rd if I need to.

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