A Streaking Role Model

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:
  1. Instead of consecutive days of running, try number of weeks with at “X” number of workouts each week.
  2. Number of weeks with at least one track workout.
  3. 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”).
  4. Number of scheduled rest days on your schedule followed.
  5. Number of months with a 10 mile run or longer.
  6. Number of 5Ks (or 10Ks or marathons) under a specific time.
  7. Consecutive times beating a specific competitor(s).
  8. 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

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About Dean Hebert

I’m a mental game coach, author and speaker. I work with individual athletes, parents, coaches, and teams on sports performance enhancement. Beyond my academic post-graduate work in sports psychology - the psychology behind athlete performance – I am a certified Mental Games Coaching Professional (MGCP) and certified hypnotherapist. I’ve authored several books and hundreds of articles. “Coach, I didn’t run because…” (2008) is a seriously light-hearted look at making excuses not to workout and how to overcome them. “Focus for Fitness” (2009) and “Screw the Goals Give me the Donut” (2010) are two of my eBooks on mental game approaches for the everyday athlete. I wrote these because I believe that everyone can benefit from the powerful mental techniques that the world’s best athletes use. I have been cited in Runners World, Best Health magazine (CN), SWEAT Magazine, and the Washington Examiner amongst many other publications. I have been a featured mental games coach in Runner’s World and for the internationally acclaimed trail running resource - trailrunningclub.com. I also regularly appear on sports and fitness talk shows such as LTKFitness, Runnersroundtable and for more than three years I have co-hosted a weekly video series with Coach Joe English for Running-Advice.com. I specialize in mental toughness training. My clients include tennis, synchronized swimming, golf, race-kart, soccer, motocross, volleyball, MMA, cycling (road, off-road, time-trialist), running, duathlon and triathlon, basketball, football and baseball athletes. I have coached world-class athletes and athletes internationally. I have a passion for working with youth athletes and helping them apply mental game skills and techniques to all areas of life. Most importantly, my aim is to have people enjoy sports and life to their fullest through peak performances.
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One Response to A Streaking Role Model

  1. David Gunn says:

    Oh, I was confused about what kind of streaking you were talking about! I thought it was the 70’s kind at first. Makes sense though. Goal setting is very important to keep the motivation going.

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