Three hundred sixty five days ago, I started run-streaking with a group called “Streaking With The COOL Kids.” It was supposed to be for the month of June, in honor of Global Running Day, and I figured that I could definitely manage to run, walk, or jog one purposeful mile per day for 30 days. One month become two and two became three, and I decided to see how far I could go.
How Did My Run-Streaking Start?
I had seen the @StreakingWithTheCOOLKids hashtag on Instagram, but I was pretty sure I would never really get myself involved in an actual 30 day streak. However, it occurred to me that while I don’t run every day, I do walk every day I’m not running. Suddenly, a crazy idea became not so crazy. With my subpar ankle, daily movement is pretty necessary, and I liked the idea of having a quantitative goal.
What Was The Easiest Part Of The Streak?
Since I broke my ankle, my body needs movement to keep from stiffening up or aching. Coordinating that need with a run-streaking initiative just made sense.
What Was The Most Challenging Part Of The Streak?
To be honest, one daily mile wasn’t a huge change to my schedule. It was hard when the weather was bad, or when I wasn’t feeling great, but I could put it off until later in the day or walk the pugs (they can do a mile if conditions are mild) so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I found vacation and travel days to be the most difficult. Vacations meant getting up super early so I could walk or run before departing on a trip or before the family woke up to explore for the day.
Summer camp with the Scouts was tricky, too – there was plenty of space to walk, but I had to find the time to make it work.
What Was Gained From Run-Streaking?
Over the course of 365 days, I logged 1,813 miles. That’s a pretty solid number. I also found myself dedicated to hitting at least one mile a day. This was a fantastic habit and I really appreciated having something to work towards, even on days when I wasn’t feeling super motivated. I confess that I didn’t make much use of the Facebook group geared towards the run streakers, but that’s ok. It didn’t negatively impact my streak.
Will The Streak Continue?
Jen (@PinkCupcakeGirl), the founder of this particular run-streaking movement, has bowed out after eight years of streaks. That’s a pretty impressive legacy, and I was sad to see things come to an end. Then three more runners, Kristin, Stephany, and Kait, stepped up and said they would take over, so… I guess I’m back in. At least for the month of June. If I can make it through summer, then we might be on for a second year.
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