My name is Diane and I am a Streaker. It is an addiction. I have run every day since November 30, 2014 and I can’t stop. Nor do I want to stop.
With the conclusion of the Runner’s World Run Streak a couple of days ago, there is a whole new batch of new Streakers who have successfully ran 39 days. Some of them love it so much that they plan to continue. A few have asked me for advice and here it is.
DON’T DO IT! STOP WHILE YOU CAN!
For those of you who don’t want to heed that advise I have made a list of things of things that I have learned. You can learn from my mistakes. Caution: Streaking May Be Addictive.
- One Mile a Day. That’s it. It doesn’t have to be fast.
- Treadmill miles count.
- Don’t run the same run every day. Vary your pace, intensity, ground surface, route, elevation. You don’t want to use the same muscles every day.
- Plan ahead. Schedule your run into your day. Just like you don’t skip supper, don’t skip your run.
- Life happens. Sometimes your plan goes awry. Be flexible, but get it done before midnight.
- Midnight runs are a good strategy. Start your run after the clock strikes twelve and then go to bed. When you wake in the morning your daily run is already done. Take the day off, and schedule the next day’s run late in the day to maximize your Rest Time.
- Follow the 80 / 20 rule . At least 80 % of your runs should be easy.
- Do not increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%
- Involve your friends. Plan some of your runs with running buddies to stay motivated.
- If you have more than one pair of running shoes, let them rest at least 24 hours between runs.
- Cross training : biking, swimming, walking , etc
- Yoga is your best friend.
- Seriously, you can’t do enough Yoga.
- Core Strength, make it happen
- Find support through Social Media. There are dozens of FB pages dedicated to people who run every day. I recommend “Streak Runners International” and “2017 Running Streak Challenge”
- Listen to your body. If it says “No Way! ” Listen to it. Injuries suck and it would be stupid to aggravate an injury for some silly little run streak. ( do as I say, not as I do. )
- Have fun with it but remember that some days will suck.
This is a picture that I found online. It is a runner with no clothes on, which has nothing to do with my post. There is no indication that this man runs every day but I thought it was a cool pic.
I recommend Streaking for many reasons and will write a separate blog post on that topic at a later date. Keep in mind that we are all different , and we all have different strengths. Some people are designed to run fast, others are designed to run far. And some of us are foolish enough to Run Every Day.