Streak Freak



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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 you enjoy.


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 Association


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