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.
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.