The Downsides Of A Run Streak
Haven’t ran yet today after such a positive week. One of those draining days in work where I let my mind run rampant and now I just want to take a wheel of Edam to bed with me and roll on it.
Everything was going well until Jurgen Klopp and his boys put a spell on me in Holborn earlier. Bastards.
I really don’t wanna run but I’m going to. I always feel better afterwards and tomorrow I’m hopefully gonna wake up and run along the Grand Union Canal and maybe get 20 to 30km done.
Anyway here are some of the downsides of running every day.
- Sometimes life happens and it makes run streaking inconvenient – My mother took ill at Christmas last year and I wasn’t in the mood to run at all – but she told me to go out and I did a lap of the hospital in my jeans.
- Telling people about my run streak makes me sound like a fucking nudist.
- Low quality runs – sometimes I do the bare minimum just to survive. After my LEJOG burnout all I wanted to do was a mile run around the block. Anything else seemed like a marathon.
- Can’t relax knowing I have to run sometimes – Always imagine how difficult it is gonna be but it never is. That’s why it’s better to stop thinking and make that first step as soon as possible. The sooner I’m out the quicker I’m back. The pain is not in the running, it is in the mental resistance to running.
- Have to run regardless of the weather – Running in icy blizzards last March was no fucking fun but it builds character.
- Always live in the fear of the streak ending – Evening naps are risky when I haven’t ran. Cannot tell you how many times I’ve dreamt that I’ve slept in only to awake on time. Always a success.
- I’ve become a religious Strana wanker – And that means uploading runs every single day in case someone on there thinks I’ve stopped the streak.
- Always compare myself negatively to those who have been doing run streaks longer – Which is a load of old bollocks as everyone does their run streak for their own reason.
- Can’t really taper for the big events when I’m running on the day before the race – This rarely matters as I always plod in events anyway.
- Switching gear is a pain in the arse – It’s difficult to retire shoes and break new ones in when I have to run every day. This usually means having to do maybe 5km max at first in new ones to prevent them from fucking up my feet.
- Convince myself to run when I might have an injury – Obviously this could lead to a serious injury occuring at some point. Last Monday after the ultra I was kinda hobbling for the first 2km. Then I was hobbling for the last 2km as well but only because I needed a turd.