You know what it’s like – you stare at your calendar at the start of a week trying to decide which days to run; trying to slot in runs where you can; trying to motivate yourself to run when you don’t always want to. How can you simplify that? By running every day of course. Welcome to run streak.
It might sound a bit bonkers if you stop and think about it for too long, but when you look into it a bit more you will find that it’s actually becoming fairly common.
The king of the run streak is undoubtably the legendary British runner Ron Hill, having run at least a mile every day since 20th December 1964. Even hospitalisation after a car accident never stopped him.
Around the end of 2013 I was actually considering starting a run streak, mostly after a conversation with my furry buddy Bear Schlenker who was also planning on starting in the New Year. He started, but I bottled the idea. Bear has now been streaking since 1st January 2014 – at least two miles each day, even after races including ultras, and is still doing really well.
Over the past few months I have come across more and more people who are streaking and I started to question my original decision. Every now and then I would think again about starting up, but quickly forgot about it again. Then I saw Mike Wells announce his 1000th streak day of running at least 5km every day, which seemed like such an awesome achievement. Once again I thought more about starting up. This was clearly an itch that wasn’t going away.
Not long after Mike passed through his 1000th day (with a fundraising 100km run round the Peak District) my birthday was coming up and as an imaginary starting post it seemed as good as any.
So here we are scratching that itch. At forty-five years and one day old I am starting out on my own streak of at least 5km each day. Rain or shine, race or recce I will run. Here we go. But where does it end?