Thoughts On The Power Of Run Streaking
I’m here today to talk about run streaks as a positive way to change your life. My run streak has been going for over 400 days now and I’ve never felt fitter in my life. Here are some observations I’ve made about run streaks since I started my own back in December 2015.
- The “I’ll do this for one last day and quit tomorrow” mindset is really fucking powerful. You’ll know this if you’ve suffered from addiction problems in the past. It’s easy to quit your bad habits ‘tomorrow’. But you will likely do what you did yesterday, today. Go for one last run and agree to stop the streak tomorrow if you’re feeling burnt out. You will likely maintain your streak without thinking. It helps not to think too far ahead. If you say shit like ‘well I’ll never be able to continue this forever, what’s the fucking point?’ then you’ll become distracted. You don’t have to run tomorrow. Run today. Stay in the zone.
- You can have a rest day on a run streak. I call them my 5k days. It’s not a huge commitment when you consider the time it takes for you to run even a mile. You’ll spend more time worrying about running than doing it. Get out there and get it over with.
- There’s no such thing as an excuse on a run streak. Either you run or you stop the streak. When I get stabbed in London I’m going to run to the hospital. If they can’t stitch me back up, I’ll run to the nearest Iceland store, jump into a freezer and let a family buy my corpse for £1. Low quality Irish beef. Ramen fed. More artificial ingredients than Godzilla’s cunt. Drink the dead man’s tears. There’s still probably some gin in there after 422.3 days.
- Your run streak will get easier. The more you run, the easier it gets. You’ll still have days where you won’t want to run, but you’ll have all the days before that showing you that you CAN run. Put your body in motion without thinking. It will take over. If your mind says “I want to stop!” shout “FUCK YOU, CUNT!” and keep on running. Do this outside a police station if you want an easy way out of your run streak.
- Run streaks focus your mind on one thing. For me it’s distance. Even if I run 5k a day for a week I still run 21 miles in that week and that’s more than I was managing when I was drinking. 21 miles a week is a good base to build on.
- You can combine your run streaking with other positive habits that you can take care of today. For me I don’t drink today and I run today. I’m also trying to blog each day but that’s a bit harder. These positive habits become intertwined and reinforcing. For example, I can’t drink today as I want to run tomorrow.
- You can taper whilst training for an event and still maintain a run streak. Run a bare minimum on the days or week coming up to the event. I try to do 5k. You might get away with more or less. Best to listen to your body.
- Keeping yourself accountable on social networks like Strava, Garmin Connect and Facebook will really help you maintain your streak. You’ll get assholes posting ‘why haven’t you uploaded your run today?’ before you know it.
Hope those helped, cuntos.