As of today I am 20 days into my streak!
Not THAT kind of streak! I’m not sure my neighbors would appreciate that. Or maybe some of them would? Either way I’d rather not find out. 😂
No, I’m talking about a running streak! Running at least 1 mile every day. That’s pretty much the only rule to a running streak. Other than that it really doesn’t matter how long you continue your streak, if you run on the trails, treadmill, roads, or track, what time of day you run, or whatever. As long as you’re getting in a mile everyday, your streak lives on! Sure, you can make up any kind of rules for yourself that you want. Maybe you want to run at least a 5k or for 30 minutes every day instead of just 1 mile. Maybe you want your streak to last for a certain number of days or through out a certain season. I think that’s one of the fun things about a running streak! You can make it totally your own!
For my streak I have a specific time period in mind. I started mine with a turkey trot 5k on Thanksgiving and plan on going through New Years Day. That’s pretty much the extent of my streak. I don’t plan on trying to keep it going any longer than that and my minimum for each run is just a mile. So, nothing too crazy, but still it poses a bit of a challenge! Especially when trying to fit a run in on the days that are crazy busy with holiday fun! So far my most favorite runs have actually been the quick one milers I’ve gotten out and done on Black Friday and last weekend when I was super busy with Christmas shopping, running around several stores, decorating, grocery shopping, cooking, etc. It felt sooooo good to take a quick break from all of that chaos and have a moment to myself. Even if that moment was just me running 1/2 a mile down the street and 1/2 a mile back.
I also thing streaking is a great way to stay motivated! Especially throughout any period that feels a little bit overwhelming and running is just one more thing on your extraordinarily long to-do list. But if you’re anything like me, the thought of skipping out on a challenge like this can really be the kick in the pants you need to get out the door or onto the treadmill, or to the gym, or whatever, and go run! Even if you only have time for a mile, well, 1 mile is better than no miles! Plus your streak will live on! 😉
Haha I know I keep “even if it’s just a mile” but honestly streaking has really made me appreciate short, speedy runs that only last for a mile or two. After a summer and fall of half marathon training and upping my running mileage I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel just a tad bit burnt out on longer runs. Streaking has kind of given me the excuse to go short and sweet and I’ve kind of been loving it! Sure, I plan on getting back to more running volume soon, but lately I’ve found the speed I felt like I lost while upping my mileage and it feels GREAT to be using it! Plus since my runs have been shorter it’s all fun and very little pain! Although I’d be lying if I said I didn’t kinda miss the discomfort of trying to get in that last interval of a really hard workout.But I don’t think I’m ready to get back to doing stuff like that just yet. With all of the hustle and bustle and stress of the holiday season I’m very much happy with these fun runs I’ve been having.
Now, I know it can feel a little bit difficult to go out and run when you’re with family. Especially if they had to travel to you or you had to travel to them. It’s easy to feel guilty for wanting a little bit of time for yourself to be away from everyone and just run. Especially if they don’t get the whole running thing. But that’s why I live to get them all involved with it! I’ll tell my grandma, my uncle, my brother, my in-laws, and pretty much anyone I’m spending the holidays with that I’m doing a little running challenge and that I need to run at least a mile every day. And I don’t think they all get why I want to do it, but when they know it’s something that I want to do they’re all usually pretty supportive of it! Plus it’s super hard to skip out on a run when your grandma starts asking if you’ve done your mile for the day. 😂 So I’d definitely recommend getting your family involved! And hey, maybe they’ll see you having fun while running and want to pick it up too! Who knows, maybe a turkey trot or a Santa shuffle could end up being a new family tradition!! Hahaha that’s kinda how I got my dad running! We went out for our own little “turkey trot” for Thanksgiving in 2017 and now he’s done a 5k and a half marathon with me! 🙂
At this point I kinda feel like I’m trying to sell people on doing their own streaks, and part of me kind of is hahaha mostly just because I’m having so much fun 20 days into mine! But I also just kinda wanted to share my thoughts and a tip or two on streaking thus far.
But streaking is not without its own perils. Especially if you are an injury prone runner like someone I know. Who’s that again?? Oh yeah, that would be me! 😉 The person who’s literally gotten hurt at some point and time in almost every half marathon training cycle she’s ever done! This year was actually the exception to that! Which is why I think I’ll actually be able to finish my streak this year! Yes, I’ve attempted this holiday streak several times now, but I’ve never actually finished it due to injuries that I acquired during my half marathon training. But this year I’m happy, healthy, and feeling great! So I think I’m finally going to get this streak done this year!
Anyway, if you tend to be injury prone like me just keep a tab on things. Aches are pretty typical when you start something new in your fitness regime, but if something doesn’t seem right I wouldn’t (and haven’t) risked it. Streaking is fun but getting a serious injury because you kept pushing through when things didn’t feel right just isn’t worth it.
Finishing a streak or having to quite due to illness, injury, or other reasons can also be a little bit disappointing and leave you feeling a little bit empty. Kinda like after finishing a big race! So it can be kind of a bummer once it’s over, but it helps to remember that running is a lifetime sport and there is always a new challenge out there when you’re ready for it! 😄
So, after I finish this streak I’m thinking a beer mile might be in order! I think at this point my husband is accustom enough to me doing weird things that he’d be willing to help me make that happen. Hahaha and who knows, maybe I can get my dad on board with that as well! 😉
Anyway, there are my thoughts on streaking so far! 20 days down 21 more to go! 🏃🏻♀️🤘🏻
Your streaking but not that kind of streaking runner friend,