Run Streaks are becoming increasingly popular. For those new to it a run streak just involves running every day; each runner has their own rules for their run streak; most set themselves a minimum distance per day.
If you want to be official Run Streak International states:
The official definition of a running streak, as adopted by the Streak Runners International, Inc., and United States Running Streak Association, Inc., is to run at least one mile (1.61 kilometers) within each calendar day. Running may occur on either the roads, a track, over hill and dale, or on a treadmill.
Ron Hill has been doing his run streak since 21st December, 1964!
You can check out the masters of the Run Streak at http://www.runeveryday.com
& see Ron Hill at http://www.runeveryday.com/lists/SRI-Active-List.html
Here we have 2 of the fabulous #ukrunchat community tell us about their run streaks. One who is at the beginning of their journey, Dan Mortimer; and we have Gareth Williams who has just finished a year of running every day.
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I am going to run every day for a year. There, I’ve said it. It’s out in the open, I have to do it. The easiest person to break a promise to is yourself especially if you are the only one in on the promise. I will get up at 6am and go for a run, I won’t eat another biscuit, and I will cut the grass when I get home. How many times have you reneged on a promise to your self? Well, this is a promise to all of you, I will run everyday for a full year. I started on the 1st November 2015, and will continue to at least the 31st October 2016. The more observant amongst you will realize that means I will complete 366 days; just my luck to pick a leap year.
“Why?” is the most popular question I get asked when people find out about my plans. The truth is that there isn’t a simple answer. Last month I had the privilege of meeting Ron Hill MBE. Yes, the man who put his name to those running tights which have resulted in ridicule for many a runner returning from a winter run. But did you know that he was the second person to break 2:10 for a marathon, won the Boston marathon in 1970, has competed at the Olympics twice and won gold at the European and Commonwealth games? A man with real pedigree I am sure you will agree but the thing that really catches the imagination is his world record run streak. Mr Ron Hill has run every day since December 1964. Every day for over half a century!!!
Taking inspiration from this run streak could be reason enough to start my own, if I live long enough I could even try and match the 50 years. In a way, meeting Ron Hill just gave me the vehicle for challenging myself. I needed something to push myself. I have challenged myself in the past; run a marathon (3 times), completed a triathlon (twice), learnt to slide on ice at 70mph (bobsleigh skeleton and Olympic luge), fly solo and run the longest obstacle course in the world (200+ obstacles over 20 miles), but now I needed something else. Something long term which involved a different type of challenge, one that I couldn’t get through by gritting my teeth and bearing the pain for a short period. The difference with a year long challenge is it is going to need a new kind of perseverance, a different mindset. Regardless of how I feel, I will have to drag my backside out for a run everyday regardless of the weather.
Since our daughter was born my wife (@shellmoby) and I don’t get a huge amount of time to get hot and sweaty together. We used to do it all the time whenever the mood took us. I am of course talking about running together (what else?!) and whilst this doesn’t necessarily allow us to run together, we at least have the same aim for the next 12 months and can support and encourage each other (or sit there smugly having done a morning run as the other heads out in the cold evening rain). I’ll keep you up to date with our progress and the challenges we face over the year on our blog
By Gareth Williams aka @TheBeardyRunner
There are so many running challenges out there, but none quite like a run streak. I’ve done half, full and ultra marathons, multi terrain races, and races that included water and wheels. But one that lasts a year, now that is a challenge that tests you more than just physically, it lives with you. For a year! I wouldn’t say it eats at your every thought, or consumes every minute of your day, but there were times I woke up in the middle of the night wondering if I had run that day, or I would be thinking about running when talking with friends about an impromptu drink if I hadn’t run that day .
So let me take you back 366 days and my thinking. I wanted a challenge that I had to concentrate on for more than 2 months, and one that wasn’t just a race, and then it would be over. It needed to have rules though, we are runners, and we need distance or time to measure against. As this was a challenge I was doing against myself I can up with the following rules: Run every day, at least one mile had to be under 9 minute miles, and no stopping on that run. The rest was up to me. Oh and I wanted to top 1,000 miles in the year.
The first week or 2 was fairly simple, after a long run I would just run a mile the next day as recovery. In truth the legs were not a problem, but it was more when my other activities got in the way. Namely beer! Running on a hangover was not pretty. Christmas Day being one that vividly stood out, but like anything you get used to running when not feeling 100%.
So as the months wore on I noticed my fitness improved and running was something I did every day, it became part of me. Unfortunately also the beer was a part of me, so the weight stayed the same (better than increasing I guess!). There was one thing on the horizon that I could see that made me uneasy though. A 70 mile 2 day Ultra Marathon round the Isle of Wight. This was going to be my monster that kept me awake, and also one that could derail the whole challenge over 7 months into it.
So if you don’t know the Isle of Wight Ultra is a 2 day event running 38 miles on day 1 and 32 on day 2. I didn’t worry about anything leading up, or even the first day, it was always going to be day 2 onwards that could trip me up. So after a gruelling day 1 I knew on day 2 I had to run 1 mile under 9 minute miles without stopping. I decided it had to be the first mile in case I struggled to run without walking, or was running too slow for the rest of the day. This was conquered in pain, and then the rest of the day was in the bag hobbling and shuffling to the finish line. But still I knew this wouldn’t be my biggest challenge, that would come over the next 3 or 4 days. If you have ever run a long distance event you know your body can be in a lot of pain for the next few days. Yep that was me. My wife and I decided to have a week holiday after the Ultra in the Isle of Wight. So the Monday morning came and I had to lace up the trainers and get out there to run a mile! This was the hardest mile I have ever done by a long distance (more than 70 miles!). The first issue was getting my trainers on! My feet had swollen so much it was like getting compression socks on! But I got them on, and hobbled a mile (in around 8 minutes 50seconds!), and then got in the pool and drank a lot of beer. This continued for the rest of the week, struggle to get trainers on, shuffle a mile, and drink beer. But do you know what, it got easier, and I saw one thing. When you overcome a challenge that pushes you to new limits you find you can achieve so much more than you thought possible. Now onwards to 500 days….
If you have embarked on a run streak or you are just trying to achieve a new goal remember this quote:
“The only limits in your life are those that you set yourself.” – Celestine Chua