On my birthday this year, I decided to take some time and go for a run. I hadn’t been on a run in months, so I laced up my sneakers and hit the pavement. I don’t know what made me do it, but I’m glad I did. I recaptured that euphoric feeling around mile 4 that I hadn’t felt in at least a year. I don’t know that it’s a runner’s high, or if I believe in a runner’s high, but I was happy to be running.
I ran five miles on my birthday. It felt so good that I ran 10k the next day. And 5k the next. And I just kept going. I’m on day 62, and every day I’ve run a minimum 5K (3.1 miles). So after I accidentally started my run-streak, I started reading about them. Runner’s World magazine devoted a whole issue to run-streaks, and they’re something that Elevate’s Run Club Director, Kevin Collins, regularly recommends.
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this streak going, but for now, it’s something I plan to continue. And I thought now would be a good time to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.
The Benefits of a Run Streak
You Never Have to Decide If You Want to Run Today
Take the daily “should I run today?” question right off the table by making every day a run day. Depending on what your minimum run looks like (1 mile or 15 minutes are popular options) you can often get your daily run complete in the time you’d ordinarily spend debating whether or not to do it.
It’s Cheaper Than Therapy
We’re not recommending that you replace therapy with running, but we do think you might be better equipped to deal with some issues on your own if you take the time to run every day. Running daily gives you time to think (something we often don’t make time for) and get perspective on things.
You’ll Stay Active Longer
As we age, it’s easy to slow down and become less active. But the laws of physics teach us that a body in motion stays in motion, so take advantage of using a run streak to keep your body accustomed to moving and stay active long after you peers have settled into their sofas.
You Just Might Surprise Yourself
Some days you’ll head out for a 5K and find that you just eek out your minimum because you need more recovery or because the weather gets rough or some other reason. But other days, you’ll set out to run your minimum and you’ll surprise yourself by going longer, farther or faster than you’d planned. And trust us, there’s no better feeling when you’re out running than to surprise yourself with a little more endurance or speed or awesomeness.
Want to learn more about run-streaks or Elevate’s Run Club?