It’s that time again and the popular Holiday Run Streak season is back. I am not here to tell you whether you should or should not embark on your own run streak. That’s for you to decide. What I am going to share with you are 6 important things to consider before committing to a run streak as well as the reasons why I never do a run streak of my own.
6 Important things to consider before committing to a run streak
Let’s define a Run Streak as running at least one mile per day for a set amount of days. This time of the year, many runners hop onto the Runner’s World Run Streak with the intent of running every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Again, I am in no way judging one’s decision to participate or not participate. I am merely putting a few important considerations out there to ponder.
Consider your current run fitness status
Will a daily run help or hurt your run performance and or future goals?
2. Do you have any lingering or recurring running related injuries?
How will running daily impact previous injury tendencies?
3. How flexible is your schedule?
Do you have access to an indoor treadmill if the weather is precarious?
4. Will a daily run allow you to continue to keep up with cross training?
5. Do you need a rest day?
See #1 and #2 above.
6. Will a run streak help or hurt your motivation to run?
Often a tricky question to answer! While many people find the discipline of a daily run to be motivating, others find it can hinder their motivation.
Why I never do a Run Streak?
My turn to answer those same questions. While I wish I could daily, my body has other ideas. I am injury prone and tend to get the same over use injuries when I try to add on more run days or build mileage too quickly. A run streak could quite possibly harm my future goals. I love my cross training days and enjoy strength training and cycling on them. I have come to accept and appreciate the fact that yes, I do need a rest day each week. Finally, I never want to feel like “I have to run”. I love and appreciate that “I get to run”. I do love fitness challenges and do find that they are motivating for me. However, I prefer a challenge that allows me to be more flexible with my fitness. Therefore, as they say on Shark Tank, “for these reasons, I am out”.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on why you do or do not participate in run streaks.
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