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 challenge” between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Runners World Running Streak sets an end date, but some people spend months, or even years, running 7 days a week.
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. There are benefits of a running streak, 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 to be considered a run streaker. You don’t have to do a “long run” every day.
What are the Benefits of “Run Streak”?
Running Streaks Give You 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? Daily running can help anyone get out the door.
Running Streaks Help 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. There is no set rules for a running streak, and you just need to run daily to keep the streak alive. Some people run a mile every single day, others run more.
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 Run 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. Running consecutive days with no rest causes more harm to me long term. 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 running 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 and being a run streaker…
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?