One of my friends has
nick-named me the "Streak-Freak". Having a running streak
is more than a bit obsessive and eccentric - your friends will
think you're nuts. One of my girlfriends tells me "You
know, Laura, there's therapy for this." Her words
echo through my head on those -20 windchill nights when my eyes
keep freezing shut (I run in the dark so there's no witnesses)
I started my streak on a
lark wondering how long I'd last. After six months it
owned me. An official running streak is at least 1 mile
every day. My minimum is 1.5 which keeps me safely on my
street. People ask what I do when it snows - I wait for
the plow to go by. What do I do when I'm sick? I'm
sure you can guess.
I look forward to my daily
run - it's a break from all of the other demands - work, phones,
housework, kids. People ask if I run with my cell phone -
no way, I run to get away from it! If you consider your
daily run as "play time" rather than a "work" out, you'll look
forward to it. It's a nice mental break - sometimes I do
my best thinking solving a difficult problem, other times I
think about nothing and just enjoy the moment, and other days I
have Bon Jovi stuck in my head for 20 miles.
You have to schedule your
daily run into your day like any other appointment - if you
leave it to chance, time has a way of slipping away.
Sometimes you have to be a bit selfish - no one is going to tell
you to go out and take some time for yourself and do something
The hardest part of running
is getting out the door. Having a streak gets you out on
days when you would otherwise curl up with a warm, fuzzy
blanket. It helps to have a supportive family - there have
been a half dozen times I have thought about ending this
insanity but my husband and son have pretty much put my shoes on
me and shoved me out the door saying "Come on, you can do this -
you know you'll regret quitting tomorrow."
A streak requires
pre-planning and some creativity. I usually plan a day
ahead - morning, noon, or night based on schedule and weather.
If your day is going to get crunched or you have to travel, it's
best to run in the morning so nothing can interfere.
Some of my most memorable runs have been at midnight (there are
still people up and partying at this hour) and 4:30 a.m. (you're
on your own on this one - no one is going to get out of their
warm bed to answer the door to rescue a runner in trouble so
plan accordingly and run defensively but keep in mind most
normal humans are snuggled in their beds - you only have to
worry about wild animals or getting injured)
Of course, there's a website for running streaks:
U.S. Running Streak
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