by Amanda Stewart
I have participated in Runner’s World Run Streaks for a few years now. Some streaks, I’ve been more successful than others. They’ve hosted 2 streaks, although you could really streak anytime. The winter streak is from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, and the summer streak is from Memorial Day to the 4th of July. The goal is to run at least 1 mile each day during the streak.
The summer streak just wrapped up and it was the best one yet. I had a blast and made a few new (virtual) running friends. I love when my running circle grows. Want to start running? A streak is a great place to start! Just try to get out there for 15 minutes each day. Run/walking, moving your body! Here are some tips for when you’re ready to go streaking.
Tips for Streaking
- Find or create a community – I created a Facebook group for those participating in the streak with me. It turned out to be a really cool community where we shared pictures and encouraged one another. We shared running advice and GPS frustrations and selfies. 2 members of the groups event met up for a run together in person – they had never met before! I think the community will remain even though the streak is over. The community included new runners, seasoned runners, walkers, etc. Everyone just tryin’ to move their body a little more and share their health journey. I think our group will continue even though the streak is over. Let me know if you want to be added!
- Your health comes first – I had to remind myself of this during the streak. You have to know when to prioritize your health both mentally and physically. I developed this horrendous heat rash all over my face towards the end of the streak that really took a toll on how I was feeling. Healing heat rash requires you not to get hot and sitting still is not something that I’m great at. I took two days off of running to let my face heal and I went for walks instead once it got dark out. Streaks can be dangerous if you don’t listen to your body.
- Mornings matter - Try to get your mile in during the first hour of your day. For me, I found that was the best way to ensure that it happened was if I did it first thing in the morning. We were also on the road a lot during the streak so sometimes that didn’t happen and I’d have to run at night. Spending time on a treadmill at 10pm after a long day of driving wasn’t my favorite, but the streak kept my body moving.
- Accountability – Shout it out! Share on social media that you’re doing the streak. Tell your friends, your family, your partner. The online running community is an amazing one! Join in!
What are your tips for staying active in the summer? Are you a runner? Have you ever particpated in a streak?