I only recently became aware that “streaking” was a thing among runners. It had never crossed my mind to run everyday for as many days as possible. I don’t think I would ever set a running streak as a goal. I have several reasons for this – too much of a time commitment, not enough time to recover, it would take the joy out of running, etc.
It has been my rule since August 2016 to workout as many days as possible and take no more than two days off in between each workout. I have been very successful with following that rule (I don’t count days off while on vacation). Once I discovered the benefit of active recovery days (yoga, mobility or flexibility work) the number of days I completed no workout decreased even further.
I didn’t set out to complete a workout streak. I guess you could say it was a positive benefit from the stay at home order issued due to Covid19. With no track to coach and really nowhere to go other than the grocery store, my extra time in the afternoon has become filled with a daily workout. Since Jason has been working from home sometimes I take lunch with him so we can workout together. He began doing DailyBurn’s Live to Fail program and I was inspired to join in on those workouts. Our karate class moved to Zoom and I take that once a week, sometimes twice. I had intended to scale my running back, and I have to an extent, but my dad wanting to run twice a week has kept me running as well.
I log my workouts everyday in an Excel spreadsheet and as April was nearing its end I realized I hadn’t taken any days off. That spurred me to want to finish out the month. To date I have worked out everyday (even if it’s just 15 minutes) since March 27th.
Some days I feel like I should be doing something “more productive” like cleaning. Other days I feel like I’m slacking with other hobbies like writing. I guess you could say my interest in maintaining the streak has waxed and waned. I am seeing results in my strength from the more consistent workouts particularly the Live to Fail ones. My body has adapted well and while some nights I crash quickly and sleep a little longer, overall I’m not feeling fatigued from working out more. I don’t have an end goal for this workout streak, so we’ll just have to see how long it goes!
Have you ever completed a run or workout streak? How long did it last?