I started a run streak on January 1, 2012. I made a New Years Resolution to run every single day in 2012, for at least a mile. So far, I kept the resolution and plan to see it through. I didn't make up the idea on my own. There's been plenty of runners who have been doing it for a long time. Through Twitter, using the #runstreak hash tag, I've found runners that have been running over 1000 days in a row!
I don't run outside much in the winter. I decided it was something I needed to do more of. What better way than to start a run streak?
I would definitely recommend trying a run streak. If you know you have to do something, you're more likely to do it. Exercise shouldn't be something you skip, just like you wouldn't wake up and decide you didn't feel like going to work. It must become part of you, etched in your brain. You wake up, and know you have to run that day.
It's been about ten days since my run streak began. According to my training diary, I've logged about 25 miles. That is by no means a lot of miles. The point is, I got out there and ran every day. I'm also working through the WalkJogRun Marathon Training Plan. I'm following the beginner plan, even though it's my third marathon. The plan fits well with my schedule. Right now, I plan to run the Cleveland Marathon on May 20th. I've ran the Chicago Marathon twice, and am excited to run in another city. I'll also be staying with my grandparents and visit them a bit.
Starting a run streak doesn't need to be a year long commitment. Start with a weekly goal. Move up to a thirty day goal. I'm sure you'll see the health benefits if you don't workout too often. I've noticed that I go longer than I planned if I feel good once I'm out there. I may not have known I'd feel good running if I didn't get out there! There's been plenty of times I didn't feel like running, got outside, and felt great. Let's not forget the endorphins!
WalkJogRun On Air
Adam, Jeff, and I came up with the idea to start recording podcasts on the run. These podcasts will be called WalkJogRun On Air, a different version of TalkJogRun, since they're recorded while running. I'd love to go for a run with you and talk about life, running, or your story! If you need someone to run with, and you are in the Chicago area, I'd love to accompany you! Let's try to reach our running goals together! Email me!
Benefits of Starting a Run Streak
- Possible higher mileage
- More inspiration to run a race
- The more you run, the better chance you have for weight loss
What are your goals for 2012? Do you think you'd want to try a run streak? Have you tried one in the past? I'd love to hear your tips! Comment below and share them with us!