SlowManiac, on Aug 5 2009, 03:25 PM, said:
Hey SR, why don't you tell us more about your streak - what got you started, do you do just the minimum per day, have you ever been close to missing a run, what happened to your first streak, stuff like that?
Hi SM - you should know better to ask a runner to tell you about their running - but here go - you asked for it (LOL).
I started running in 2000 and my first streak started in 2003 when I just couldn't get committed to any type of training program. I would have the best plans in the world and come the end of the week all I had was a bag full of excuses not to run. So I decided, run every day, minimum of 10 minutes (who does not have 10 minutes) and this happended to equate to 1 mile (at 6 minutes a km pace). I then found out about the streak running club, in the USA and decided to keep it up. I kept going for 580 days and after yet another night of rushing back from a party to get to my treadmill before quarter to 12 (midnight), I just gave up as it felt as if the running was controlling me. I didn't enjoy it anymore, allthough during this period, I did my best and most long distance running. The discipline and effort of putting on my runners, most of the times resulted in me running longer than just the mile.
After emigrating to Aus in 2004 I decided it was time to get back into running, and once again all the training programs came to nothing, until I started my second streak. I now run 4 times a week (minimum 1 hour) and the other 3 days just my mile - these are my "rest" days.
I have had some amazing experiences in doing the streak, such as running at airports, the lobby of a Las Vegas Hotel and on a cruise ship treadmill during a huge storm, when staying standing was a challenge, nevermind running.
I now run my mile every morning as I get up so that it does not control me later during the day and I do not see it as a hassle anymore.
I hope this gives you a bit more insight into the life of a streak runner. I love it and will keep it up for as long as I can.