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Christine Luff

Going Streakin'!

By February 21, 2009

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Do you have a running streak? No, I don't mean running stark naked in the middle of the street, a la Will Ferrell in Old School. I'm talking about people who are on a quest to run every day and keep that streak going for as long as they can.

Believe it or not, there's an organization that tracks runners who have long running streaks. The United States Running Streak Association defines a running streak as "running at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one's own body power (without the utilization of any type of health or mechanical aid other than prosthetic devices)". The runs in a streak can occur on roads, tracks, trails, or treadmills. Runners can't use canes, crutches or banisters, or rely on pools or aquatic devices to create artificial buoyancy. When a streaker has run at least a mile every day for a full year, they qualify to be listed on the USRSA's Official USA Active Running Streak List.

A running streak is a fun way to stay motivated to run, but streakers need to be careful. Running every day can lead to injuries, since rest days are important for recovery.

If you want to start a running streak, make sure that at least one of your runs every week is very short (you only need to run a mile, after all) and easy to give your body a chance to rest and recover. Also, be careful that you don't push yourself through an injury or illness just to keep your streak alive. You could end up making your injury or illness worse or causing new injuries.

Brag about your running streak in the comments section!


April 29, 2009 at 11:24 am
(1) Al says:

I have been running 3.1 miles per day, consecutively, for 491 days, and also been doing 500 push-ups a day(5 sets of 100) for 348 straight days. I am not sure how long I will keep up the streak, but it feels good to be persistent. I am a former US Marine, and I was in good shape before I started, but as Forrest Gump says:”I can run like the wind blows.” My wife thinks I am crazy, because I have run through storms, cold, heat, etc. There has been no element that has kept me from continuing, but I will say that running through all of that has been the hardest part. Sometimes it rained so hard I could hardly see in front of me. Every morning before work, no matter what. I have not been sick since I started. I also play street hockey two days a week, which makes the runs a little more challenging. I believe running is a grea way to clear your thoughts and strengthen your body, bu if you want to be huge, you should try the gym instead. Al

March 12, 2010 at 9:23 pm
(2) Nancy Shohet West says:

At 944 days today of 1 mile or more. Started 8/14/07. Read all about it at my blog if you’re interested: http://www.NancyShohetWest.com/lifes-a-streak-run.php

November 13, 2010 at 1:16 pm
(3) Nancy Shohet West says:

I just published a memoir about my unique experiment in parenting in which my 9-year-old son and I ran a mile or more together every day for a year in an attempt to improve our communication! Titled “The Mother-Son Running Streak Club: How I bonded with my nine-year-old son by running a mile with him every day for a year,” it can be ordered from my website at http://www.NancyShohetWest.com.

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