Sunday, May 24, 2015

Why I Will Not Be Streaking

In 2013 I decided to participate in the Runners World Memorial Day to Fourth of July running streak. I had completed my first marathon in early May, and was in a little funk. I was already signed up for a half in June and a 5K on the Fourth of July and thought I would give it a shot. 



So, for 39 days I ran at least one mile a day. It was tough! My birthday is in June, plus IT'S HOT! I started out strong. I thought I could even manage at least two miles a day. That quickly came to an end close to the half marathon I ran in late June. I started having really bad leg cramps and my IT Band was tightening. I stretched, rolled and iced - but I wasn't feeling better. 

I completed that half marathon in a little of two hours, six weeks post marathon. I also closed out my streak with a 5K that I finished fourth in my age group. 



I ran 122 miles, but felt absolutely terrible. I was so excited to not HAVE to run on July 5th. I took a few weeks off after the streak and ended up with a full blown case of ITBS. 

I had a few people ask me if I would streak again this summer, and I always say no. I will not streak again. I did it once, I'm good. I have big plans coming up for the fall and I need to be smart about this. 

I give so much credit to people who do run streaks, I really do. My home girl Cecelia is over 500 days on hers! This is one of those instances where what is good for one person might not be the best idea for others. 

If you do decide to do a run streak, make sure you incorporate cross training. Also, try to do your runs at different locations. If you run the same route everyday you are bound to get injured. When I did my streak I ran twice a week on the treadmill, just to change things up. 

If you have decided to do the streak, GOOD LUCK AND BE SMART! Please listen to your body and if it is not going well, stop! 

Are you doing/have you done a run streak? What was the reasoning behind starting? 

19 comments:

  1. I'm on day 755 of my streak and knock on wood, I haven't had any issues. I do think that if people decide to run streak, you have to use a one mile day as recovery. Run it slow and easy. Also running just one mile is okay. That's the minimum for a reason.

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  2. Way to be smart Stef! I've never done a run streak and this makes sense not to.

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  3. Jen Clement SchomakerMay 25, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    I'm with you and no streak! My body can't handle constant running plus I have big marathon goals for fall and need to focus on that not just logging miles and runs. Instead I do an exercise streak and do some sort of workout daily.

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  4. Steff, I couldn't wait for my RW streak to be over last year; my body really performs much better when I get a day or two off per week. Thank you for pointing out that what might be great for one person might not be so great for another; I definitely fall into this category! I work too hard to reach my goals to let one mile a day stand in the way of smart training and taking care of my body. Hope you're having an awesome day, friend!

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  5. I'm going to join in on this one because I'm kind of in a funk right now. Race season is pretty much over for me (I live in FLorida- it's too hot here for races now) and I only have one 5k mud run coming up over the summer. Nothing else until the end of October really! *Sigh* I figured a streak might get me out of my funk. We shall see. I definitely will be smart about it though. I've been injured before and it's not fun!

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  6. I'm with you. I couldn't do a streak. I love running too much to make it a job.

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  7. Thanks for the shoutout! Like you said, it is absolutely not for everyone. I have to be very smart about taking it easy at least once or twice a week on 1 mile runs. Those are my rest days. Kudos to you for knowing what is best for YOU!

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  8. I also did a run streak a few year ago, and I'm with you. I was so excited to not have to run as soon as the streak was over! My body just can't handle it. But I'm glad I can say I did it - I just won't ever do it again!

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  9. I'd say 9/10 of people that I know of that did this streak last year say they won't do it again. Reasons why range from fatigue to mental exhaustion/stresses to injury - even from just a mile a day! I don't think I would ever do it. And I think you're awesome for being honest with yourself and smart about your own goals.

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  10. I'm so happy it worked for you! I know a lot of people that benefit from streaking, just need to find what works for you!

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  11. Thanks Nichole. I think it just felt forced to me. I run because I enjoy it, I don't need to feel pressure to do it.

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  12. I'm glad I had the experience, but it never has to happen again.

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  13. You are a super hero! I am so proud of you and everything that you do! That you have stayed healthy for this long through your streaking is amazing!

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  14. Exactly! I don't want to have to think about it, just do it.

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  15. That is exactly why I did it. Just make sure you listen to your body. Connect with others who are streaking, it will help!

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  16. Thanks friend! I remember the one day after I finished my mile I was on the floor and just wanted to cry. I was so tired and knew I had to do it again the next day!

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  17. Your goals should always be number one! Marathon goals are crazy enough - we all know that! A exercise streak doesn't seem like a bad idea!

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  18. It's something to experience, but it is not for everyone!

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  19. That's incredible! Congrats on both fronts, the streak and staying healthy! The one mile for recovery is a really great idea!

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