10 Benefits Of Running Every Day For The Last 500 Days
Hey fuckers. I’ve made it 500 days now in my run streak. I did 3.5 miles today at a snail’s pace.
Here are some of the benefits to run streaking that I’ve noticed over my first 500 days.
- I no longer suffer from the thought of “what if I can’t run anymore?” – I used to get that thought a lot after coming back from holiday, especially when I went to Vegas. I’d only run on the day of the marathon and spend the rest of the 10 days eating and drinking. It was always difficult running when I’d obviously gained weight and not exercised for a while. I no longer have to worry about this as I’m running every day.
- By defying injury I’ve started to reconsider what’s possible – People said that I’d get injured after my month of half marathons but it never happened as I always listened to my body. It’s made me reconsider how far I can push myself. That’s why I’m still considering the Land’s End to John O’Groats run this year.
- My weight has been gradually decreasing ever since I started the run streak – I don’t regain weight as quickly now that I run every day. I’ve got a little bit of momentum behind me which helps. I’m not trying to lose the same stone that I kept gaining when I first started running. For my first 3 years as a runner I doubted whether I’d ever lose the weight I wanted to lose. I didn’t see any progress so after a while I stopped trying. Now my weight is down to a new low of 190lbs after starting the run streak at 215lbs.
- Running every day is great for ultramarathon training – Since I’m always running on ‘tired’ legs it makes the latter sections of ultramarathons easier than before.
- I no longer have days that are complete write-offs – I’ve always been the sort of man who gets upset and eats 5,000 calories and then wallows in his own misery. I now run at least 500 calories of that off at night. It makes ‘bad spells’ much easier to escape from. A bad week for me now is one where I run 40 miles and eat like shit.
- I never have to taper and endure the craziness that’s associated with it – I have easier weeks when I’ve got an ultramarathon at the weekend. I’m always running so I never have to sweat the small shit. Since I’m running 50 miles on Saturday I’ve been keeping my mid-week distances down to 3 or 4 miles. I’m glad of the rest.
- Running gets easier the longer the streak goes on – The first few weeks were fucking difficult. I remember trying to run on a Friday night in Tottenham 2 weeks after I’d quit drinking. I wanted to be at the pub drinking and not outside running in the dead of winter. Once I got through the first 2 months it became so much easier. When you can see you’re making progress you want to push to ensure that you continue down the right path.
- The streak has made running a habit that I have to do in order to make a day feel complete – It was too easy to take ‘rest days’ in the past when I was really just being a lazy bastard. It’s easier to run than to invent an excuse. The accountability of being on Strava really helps too. If I don’t upload today’s run on time people ask if I’ve broken my streak.
- I’ve had to run at all times of day to keep my streak going and that’s made me fearless – Running around North London at midnight on a Saturday might make my bumhole sing to God but it’s helped with my mental resilience. I fear nothing other than sleeping in for today’s run.
- I’ve stopped making excuses about not being able to run – When I went backpacking last Spring I had to leave my hostel in Berlin in the middle of the night as my dorm mates were loud cunts. I got the bus to Vienna at 3am. I didn’t get there until 5pm and I was exhausted. Knowing that once I went to bed in Vienna I’d be out for the night I made the decision to ‘run’ to the hostel in jeans, t-shirt and my coat through the centre of Vienna. Miserable. Wanted to kill everyone but my streak marched on.