Friday, October 05, 2012

We're Going Streaking!!!

Streaking!!!  We're going streaking.  I just checked my running log and see I have ran for 7 consecutive days.  My longest consecutive streak is 11 days.  It does not happen too often that I put together a string of 6 or more days running.  Between the weather, family commitments, house stuff and my job, a day off or two a week is sometimes a necessity

With a  three day weekend coming up, it looked like I had a shot to achieve a new record of 12 consecutive running days.  I went for a fast run last night and planned on doing a long run today.  However, I took a day off to spend some with my wife.  We cooked dinner and may watch a movie tonight. 

I try not to get too hung up on these streaks.  I have run into trouble in the past.  While it can be fun to see how many days in a row you are able to complete, it can also be detrimental.  Sometimes we do not think of the big picture.  I have had too many injuries over the years because I did not take a day off and pushed myself when I should have rested.  Also, mentally it may take a toll.  You may run 10 days straight and then the next time only make it to 3 before you need a day off.

Enjoy yourself but do not get caught up in the hype. There is no shame in a day off.  It does not make you any less of a runner.  Two 4 days streaks may be better than 10 consecutive days.

What is the longest streak you have had and why did it stop?

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