I'm streaking. A little earlier I went for a run for the 18th straight day. I have never thought of streaking before, I always thought it was not for me. The spark of doing so just happened at the perfect moment, and here I am. One could make a convincing argument that I am incapable of saying No to things suggested by my crazy running friends (it's true, but at least it's reciprocal), but this goes beyond that. I'm not doing this as a stunt, or just because I can, but because it is what I need to do.
Ean. During the run that night I thought about it, at first I had no intention of joining her, but as I continued to run and think I realized it was exactly the thing I needed to snap me out of the running funk I was in. After that run I read Ean's post about it, read about Ashley's recent streaking, and thought about some things Pete has said about why he streaks. It didn't take long and I was all in. I knew this was the way back to the running they way I wanted to. It's funny how things can click together so quickly, in a couple hours or less I went from not even thinking about a streak to being fully committed.
I've typically cut back on mileage in August and September, I just get tired of running in the heat. This year the mileage cutbacks and some weight I've put on left me losing fitness faster than normal. That led to slower paces out running, slower times up Towers, and that all led to me feeling sorry for myself. Throw in some kinks in the my normal running schedule and before I knew it I was as slow as I can remember being in a long time and not running much at all. It's not that running wasn't fun, but thinking about running wasn't fun, and I blew off more than one Sunday run so as not to have to face the facts on how much I had lost. It's a downward spiral I tell you. I needed to get my running Mojo back.
So I decided to start a running streak. I started the next day, Friday. Or maybe the Tuesday before, as I'd already run 3 days in a row. I've been counting the extra 3 days because I'm not (always) a purist. I wanted to keep things simple and accessible, not set the bar too high. I was afraid I'd end up saying "fuck it" someday, and then throw away a 30 day streak and end up back on that downward spiral. The single parameter of my streak is simple, run at least 1 mile every day. I plan on an average of at least 4.1 miles a day as that is where I need to be to hit my 2011 total mileage goal but that is really secondary. I also plan on taking Pete's advice and am not making the streak about training. I'll celebrate a 65/68 day streak by running the Resolution Run 5K on the evening of December 31st, hopefully with some fellow streakers, and sometime between now and then contemplate what 2012 will bring.
As I said up top, I'm sitting at 18 days. I've definitely found some of the same things Pete mentioned, mostly that it takes some planning and discipline to get a run in every day. I have run at night a couple times because I just didn't make time during the day but have yet to really put it off. This has been a good thing though, and I find I focus more on everything, not just running. I've also got a few recruits at work on the streaking bandwagon. After mentioning it to a couple of my running buddies at work they got on board too and the word spread around. As of Wednesday this week there were 7 or 8 who had some sort of streak going. I don't know if they will all keep going until the New Year, but it's still kind of cool to see them get excited about running.
Long live the streak!
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