That's not usually a question I'll even bother to answer. I realize a lot of runners do run streaks (running at least one mile everyday, no matter what). For many, it's a natural part of their day, an element of their being, and a necessary daily task that needs to be performed. Yes, a lot of runners run everyday...but I'm not (usually) one of them.
Personally, I have come to realize that rest/recovery days are paramount to staying healthy and fit. I not only take my rest days seriously, but I also (seldom) log excessive mileage (except for the final weeks of marathon training prior to the taper). I am lucky...I seem to stay pretty fit and can knock out decent finish times without wearing down my body (or mind) with high-mileage training. Of course, I'm not spanking new PR's at every race, but that's not my priority (and that's another post for another time LOL).
That said, I have been known to take part in a running streak now and again....
So, yes, I'm streaking (again). And, yes, I feel like I need to explain why (again). After all, I'd be curious, too, why someone would willingly take part in something she usually advocates against. So here goes.....
Why I am streaking (again), and am not ashamed to be doing so:
First of all, it's a big time Comfort Zone Violation for me. As much as I love my rest/recovery days, it's empowering to see that I can do the streaking thing and live to tell about it. Granted, the bulk of my streak runs are easy-paced endeavors, and most of them are just 1-milers. Basically, I'm simply running 1-mile runs on what would normally be my "non-running" days. I'm not attempting any speed drills. I don't plan on doing any long runs (my longest runs are 5-6 miles right now). And, if things start to feel achy, I will wave the proverbial white flag. Even though this is my off-season, there's no sense inviting injury by over-training.
|daytime streaking in 2016|
|early morning streaking in 2017!|
|Streaking under the Christmas lights in 2015|
|Beginning my streak in 2014 on Thanksgiving Day at our local turkey trot|
|Streaking in 2014|
|a lunch time streak run in 2015|
What are your thoughts? Have you ever tried streaking, even for a short period? If so, what's the longest (or shortest) streak you've done?
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