I had forever and until this day previously been against running streaks, but I guess that’s because I didn’t see any objective purpose.
Normally when I hear of people wanting to rip off 100+ days in a row of running, it is totally lost on me why anyone decides to throw recovery days and routine rest out the window. But after needing some time to mentally get back to training after a 50 miler a few weeks ago, now I kind of get it.
I didn’t like the idea of running streaks because I thought it would sacrifice recovery and reinforce the idea of putting in arbitrary miles in homage to the Strava gods. (After all, if it didn’t bluetooth to Strava, did it ever really happen?)
I can see the idea of going on a 2-4 week streak to get back into a rhythm when you’ve been off your game. I’ve seen this more and more on Instagram and on Strava in recent months. It makes sense.
And I’ll have to admit, I know some people that would benefit from developing a pattern of running daily, no matter what else is on the schedule. Several of my friends and a few of my athletes (and…yes…I guess, myself) and patients are stuck in the fog with short winter days and the grind of pre-holiday crazy/fall semester finals/any watching of national news/etc.
So, I’m going streaking.
I’m going to start with at least a mile a day for the rest of the year. We’ll see how much steam it gathers- and also how much I will emotionally regret making this decision when we drive like 50 hours in 10 days over Christmas and the New Year.
In the mean time, my wife and I will keep doing our daily workouts per our affectionately named “Ab-vent” calendar. Every day, we have to do some kind of kettlebell, TRX, or body weight exercise based on what we pull out of the tree.
Here’s to owning the Sunday Scaries with Black Pistol Fire’s new album, Deadbeat Graffiti.
Happy Holiday Streaking, friends.