I might try streaking

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Some of my serious running friends on Facebook have incredible running streaks. There’s a professor at Cambridge who ran everyday from 1980 to 2002, twenty two years straight, five miles a day. He’s had other streaks since but none that long. Really though with some short breaks he’s run every day since 1980, since before I finished high school.

The longest running streak has been going since the year I was born. Ron Hill, the 1970 Boston Marathon champ has averaged more than 7 miles a day since December 1964.

Wow. Just wow.

Less impressively, but still beyond my imagination, I’ve got a friend with a running streak almost a year long. He’s been running for 355 days averaging 11.
6 km/day.

I can’t do that but I have wondered about the holiday version. It’s American, of course, which is a good thing because it’s a shorter streak. Canadian thanksgiving through to the new year would be too long, for me.

How’s it go?

“The run streak is designed to keep you running through the holiday season, and to bridge the gap between fall races and training for the spring. It can be difficult this time of the year to keep your running on track—but it’s much easier if you have a goal and a plan.

The goal is simple: Run at least one mile per day, every day, starting on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) and ending on New Year’s Day (Friday, January 1). That’s 37 consecutive days of running.”

Read more details here.

So that’s 1.6 km a day for 37 days. If I run with Cheddar, my dog, once a day, we could do it.

About Sam B

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9 thoughts on “I might try streaking

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  2. catherine womack says:

    I love this idea! I’m going to think (quickly) about what I might want to do in a streak from Thanksgiving (known in Australia as Thursday) until Jan 1. Am thinking either some amount of walking each day, or meditation each day. Keep us posted as you think about and maybe do this, and I hope others will chime in about what they think about doing a streak/streaking…

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    • Sam B says:

      I am going to do the running version. It’ll get me out there in the cold and dark

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      • Tracy I says:

        I’m surprised you want to do this with your persistent running injuries. Is there any research on what the impact of no rest days between runs is over the long term. I know there are these examples, but they may be exceptions.

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      • Sam B says:

        I’m only doing the 1.6 km a day version and I mostly do that now with the dog. Not too worried.

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      • Tracy I says:

        Good luck. Sounds like a fun challenge. If I wasn’t spending the holidays on the boat I might consider it. Might consider it anyway, though running on the beach is not as romantic and wonderful as it looks like it would be.

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      • Sam B says:

        What’s your sailboat fitness plan? Lots and lots of swimming, for sure….

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      • Tracy I says:

        I don’t have one yet. Kayaking more than swimming probably because we’ll be in a busy-ish anchorage, which makes distance swimming a bit challenging. But we’ll see. I love the kayak.

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