ANNOUNCEMENT

Jimmy’s Running Streak reached 430 days!!!!!!
In late summer of 2017, I was overweight and in the worst physical condition. To get back into shape, I decided to start running. I had been a runner in my younger days, focusing on 3-4 medium to long runs per week (25-30 miles/week).

However, while I liked running because it was easy, free and I enjoyed sightseeing that went along with jogging around DC, the longer runs were very time consuming and made me more injury prone. I was curious to get the running and medical communities’ opinions on running shorter but daily runs.

I started my research and learned of something called a Running Streak. The official definition of a running streak, as adopted by the Streak Runners International, Inc., and United States Running Streak Association, Inc., is to run at least one mile (1.61 kilometers) within each calendar day (Yes there are actually organizations that officially track run streaks).  The longest run streak ended on January 29, 2017 at 52 Years, 39 Days by 78-year-old former Boston Marathon winner and three-time British Olympian, Ron Hill. 

On September 12, 2017, I started my run streak with a goal of making it to my cardiologist appointment on October 4, 2017. Once I made it to my appointment, I tried to make it to Halloween, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas all while increasing my pace and distance. By February I was down over 30 pounds and running 3-5 miles per day.  After a while the running streak became my obsession and on September 11, 2018 my running streak reached 365 days. At the time this article was written my running streak is up to 430 days.

The biggest challenges of a running streak are staying healthy and incorporating runs while sick, injured, or, on vacation. I consider the most successful day of my running streak to be June 7, 2018, during a 28-hour day-trip to Las Vegas to watch the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup after winning Game 5. My friends have also been very supportive of the run streak and I cannot thank them enough. For example, on my annual golf trip with 20 of my college buddies and a lot of adult beverages being served, at least one person got up with me each morning before the sun rose, and pushed me to continue the streak.


Jimmy on the left with his running buddies at the MCM 10K.

Below are some tips for beginning a running streak as provided from the following sources: In Shape Magazine, Runner’s World, Angryjogger.com, Marathon Training Academy, and my own experiences.

  1. Make Sure You’re Ready: If you decide to start running every day, you should be at a moderately high volume already, and willing to run short, very easy runs one to two days per week to help with recovery. (I broke this rule because I was desperate).
  2. Start Small: “Think small at first,” says a member of the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Track Club. “Don’t think, I’m going to run every day for a year. Start with a month.” If you were running five days a week before, run just one mile on days six and seven. “Increasing mileage too quickly can raise your chance of injury. And running every day doesn’t mean you have to add mileage. You can run the same number of weekly miles spread over seven days instead of five to help your body adjust.
  3. Take "Rest" Days: Rest helps your body repair. “If you are trying to be a ‘streaker,’ recovery becomes very important as you’ll be using and stressing the same muscles, joints, and bones each and every day,” says Person, whose longest streak was 45 days. Those “rest” days should be the bare minimum of one mile at a slow pace.