*even though I kinda think Run Streaks are dumb.
So, I’m doing a run streak. The thing is (as indicated by the asterisk above), I kinda think run streaks are dumb. I don’t really believe in them. But…I’m doing one anyway. Yes, I’m complicated and complex (at least that’s what I tell myself). You are probably wondering why I’m doing a run streak if I don’t even believe in run streaks? That is an excellent question.
Here’s how it happened. I first heard about the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak a couple of weeks ago. Initially, I dismissed the idea, as I’d done every other time I heard about it. I thought to myself, why on earth do I need to run every day? The whole idea just seemed illogical. I value rest days and keeping my legs fresh and all that jazz. But, I kept thinking about it and kept thinking about it and decided that I’d just try it out. If I made it to seven days of running in a row, then I’d commit.
In case you are unfamiliar the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak starts on Memorial Day and goes through July 4th – you are supposed to run at least one mile each day. That’s 41 days of running in a row. I usually don’t run back to back days so I thought it would be kind of a trip. I planned to take the mile as a recovery day and just go out easy. The first few days that didn’t happen – it was hot and I wanted to be done so I speed through my miles in less than 9 minutes, which is nearing 5k pace for me. Not nice and easy. But as I continued running daily (so far I’m on day 24), I started learning a few things.
- You have time for a mile. Even on my most challenging scheduling days, I found that I could pull fifteen minutes from my day to change clothes and go run. I’ve heard many people say that they just don’t have the time to exercise or what not but what I’ve realized is that you can take ten or fifteen minutes out of your day and do something.
- Recovery is important. My legs have felt better once I started slowing down on my easy mile days. I’ve actually experienced less tightness in my legs since I’ve started the streak and I attribute that to purposely running a bit slower than normal on my one mile days.
- There is nothing wrong with running one mile. Before I started this streak, if I didn’t have time to run at least three miles, I generally wouldn’t run. I’m not sure why, but for some reason anything less than a 5k didn’t feel “real.” How silly was I? A run is a run, no matter how far.
- Running is fun! It has been so nice to get out there and know that I’m just having a few minutes of me time – I started running on different side streets around my house just to give myself a different view and it’s been fun.
As I mentioned, I’m just over the halfway point in my streak so look for a follow up post once I complete my 41 days!
Have you ever done a run streak?