Awhile ago I wrote about streak running. Streakers try to keep their running streaks alive. It can be a source of goal orientation and motivation. However, it also can easily become an obsession. The line is actually clearer than you think.
I read with some sadness a good article on a grounded streak runner today (please take a moment to read the article). Mark Covert will end his streak voluntarily – today. But what is most gratifying to see is that he is doing it on his own terms and his obvious love for running, not obsession with it carries on. His approach to streaking is healthy and inspirational.
If you have never tried streaking – try it.
- Run at least a mile a day.
- Record your streak.
- If it breaks. Start over.
- Don’t compete with anyone else. Compete with yourself.
- Use it as a technique to get you out and going.
- Don’t be obsessed, instead let it drive you to be creative in getting at least that one mile in. A little something is better than nothing. It’s certainly not so much to mess up a “rest” day on your schedule.
- Change the streak rules if you like. How about these variations:
- Instead of consecutive days of running, try number of weeks with at “X” number of workouts each week.
- Number of weeks with at least one track workout.
- Number of days, weeks, months injury free. (Think like the signs in various companies that advertises “Safety First: XX Days Without on the Job Injury”).
- Number of scheduled rest days on your schedule followed.
- Number of months with a 10 mile run or longer.
- Number of 5Ks (or 10Ks or marathons) under a specific time.
- Consecutive times beating a specific competitor(s).
- Number of weeks with at least two cross-training sessions.
As long as you are not a slave to the streak, you may find that it keeps you more focused and motivated. It becomes harder to just blow off a workout because you are not feeling good.
So, here’s to Mark Covert, streaks and streakers… go at it!
You can follow Mark’s last days here: www.markcovertnevermiss.com