Oooooooo controversial subject!
HAHAHAHA. Ok – not really, but kind of.
Also, no, this is not a blog about streaking while running – like the Cupid Undie runs or whatever, don’t be gross.
You will see a lot of people post their daily workouts with #runstreakday475 or #runstreakday35 or #runstreakday569046438570. Get what I mean? If not – go to Instagram and search the hashtag “runstreak”- you will find all of the posts boasting about the many days gone without a break.
Run streak is basically a challenge to run at least one mile a day, every day, without stopping. Similar to running 2,016 miles in the year 2016. Hint – I have resisted the urge to do this challenge as well, and I promise I will get to why.
First off, let me say that I don’t think there is anything wrong with the 2016 or run streak challenges. If you haven’t noticed, I kind of like running myself, and certainly don’t judge others who feel the same way. Secondly, I do think there is a perfectly safe way of doing these types of challenges. Even the day after a marathon, you could go out and run a super, slow, easy mile, call it a day, and be ok. You probably won’t have injured yourself, and you will have continued your #runstreak. I just don’t think it is a good idea for me personally.
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, first off – I love you, thank you. Secondly, you may remember that I have struggled through some injuries. In many cases, as with most runners, it is easy to say that I MAY have prolonged said injury due to my inability to just STOP. If it hurts, just stop. Knock it off. Give it a rest. If you know my family or boyfriend, this the point where they are all thinking “told you so!” Haha.
As we increase mileage, our bodies are going to complain. Just like with anything, you do a little more each day, push a little further than thought you could go, recover, and go again. With this statement – the recovering is just as important as the pushing.
For me, recovery takes a lot of discipline. I would much rather go, go, go every day. Statistically, older female runners tend to do very well in ultra marathons. In talking with runners who are a little older than myself (I’m 27) it is easy to see where they get an advantage with the wisdom that comes with time. Taking your foot off the gas is what enables you not to burn out and lets you keep going for longer. And that, my friends, is the extent of my car related analogies. I’m not even really sure it makes sense – but whatever, you get it. You have to give & take.
I have one of those addictive personalities that people talk about. I’ve eaten the same breakfast every day since like….2007. If I find a sweater I like, I want it in every color. If a little of something is good, then more MUST be better. Even with cross training days – they are good, but I prefer running.
This is why I don’t do drugs.
I worry that if I have a goal to run at least one mile every day, or a certain number of miles each week, I just won’t be able to deviate when need be. Listening to your body is so much more important than anything else. It is a skill that I know I am not great at, so I am trying to help myself be better. Even when I have my training plan, and I feel a weird twinge at mile 4.5, but the schedule says 7 – it is a herculean effort to stop early on a run.
Again, I think the run streak and mileage challenges can be great. Some people thrive off them. I just know that it is not a good call for me.
Do you run streak? Is it hard for you to listen to your body?