How to Do a Running Streak Without Killing Yourself
Today marks a big first for me: I ran four days in a row. For all you veteran runners out there, I know this isn’t such a big deal to you. But it is a big deal to me, because a year ago running four days in a row would have been unthinkable.
Four days is not going to become five days. My hip feels a little stiff and I don’t want to risk a re-injury. Not so close to my first 5k! So my mini-streak is going to stay just that–mini. I will take Friday off, and the weekend (I rarely run on weekends anyway due to the lack of child care), and will pick up again on Monday.
But I think maybe, after the 5k, I would like to try a mini running streak again. To prepare, I read everything I could find on how to do a running streak without injuring yourself. Here’s what I found.
1. Don’t go downhill too often–the next day, that hurts more than going uphill. (No Meat Athlete)
2. Mix in low-mileage for rest days. (Source: Women’s Running)
3. Streaking is not for total newbies. A base of at least six months of regular running is recommended. (Source: Runner’s World)
4. Don’t go overboard with other forms of exercise at the same time. (Source: The Improbable Runner)
5. Stop if it doesn’t feel right. (Source: Common Sense)
Have you ever done a running streak? How long?