First Streak

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?

About Tracy

Runner. Writer. Reader. Environmental and Indigenous Peoples advocate. Work from home Workforce Specialist. NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Assistant Varsity Track Coach. Fascinated by the ocean, waterfalls and Christmas lights.
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8 Responses to First Streak

  1. Last year, I had a friend who ran at least one mile every day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. I was impressed and slightly jealous! I tucked that into the back of my head, maybe as a “someday, I’ll . . . ” intention. Hmmm. Maybe I should.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Hm that is a thought, to set a specific streak time frame vs just going as long as possible. I feel like I would have to run more than 1 mile though to justify changing clothes/shoes and then I would probably burn out from running so many miles! Lol

  2. One of the podcasts I listen to, Another Mother Runner, has a host on the show that did a workout streak that I think lasted a couple of years. I usually do something 7 days a week as well, whether it’s running, yoga, walking, biking, or stand up paddleboarding when it’s warm enough. I’ve had colds and migraines and other things that have caused me to miss workouts though, so it’s not like I haven’t missed a day of exercise. Still, it’s a good thing to do especially if you’re not pushing all-out 7 days a week.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Nice job! I can’t imagine streaking of any kind for years… I rarely get sick but once in a blue moon a stomach bug hits for a day or two and there’s no way I would attempt any kind of workout if I’m running to the bathroom. Like I mentioned I don’t always workout on vacations either. I normally run in Ocean City and we did plenty of walking in New Orleans last year, but on the actual travel days of getting somewhere I don’t do anything.

  3. Laurie says:

    Wow! Every day since March 27? That’s amazing. Way to go, Tracy. I think it’s awesome that you mix up your workouts. I am having trouble since the gym closed. I used to swim and do Body Pump. Swimming is impossible and Body Pump would be tough – I could use Bill’s weights in our basement but I would have to switch his weights out for mine and I just can’t get motivated. I have been doing a little yoga but not every day.

    • TracyNicole says:

      Thank you! Has your gym been offering any kind of free classes online? I heard a lot are. Jason and I often have to pause the DailyBurn workouts if we work out together to swap weights. We have a Golds Gym brand set that can go from 5 lb to 25 lb which are super nice as well as just 2, 8 lb dumbbells. Normally he can use the weights from the set and I’ll use the 8 lb ones but some moves he uses those and I grab 2 cans of beans to use. It can be a tad tedious but we make it work! I haven’t been doing too much yoga, I’ve been doing mobility more on recovery days. I have to be in the mood for yoga which I can’t say is too often even though I know how good it is for me.

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