Thursday, April 2, 2009
Today I reached my 100th day
Okay, so this doesn't mean running with no clothes on!!! When talking about running and streaking what is meant is number of days of consecutive running.
The most popular association is the United Sates Running Streak Association, who defines a running streak as running at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one's own body power. This group has some pretty hardcore members, those who have been running for 25, 30 and 40+ years.
I do not aspire to be quite as crazy as these people, my streaking has a slightly different rule and purpose.
Rule: Run a least once everyday. My minimum requirement is 15 minutes, but I have only ever done that once, all other runs have been 20 minutes or more.
Purpose: To learn to run on tired legs & to learn active recovery.
I believe for R&I, to get up on day 2 after having run a marathon on snow shoes the day before and head out to run another one, you have to be accustomed to pushing you legs and body when they are tired, really tired. Running every day is a key to developing this ability.
Also, to be able to run everyday, there are days that you are required to use as recovery days. These use to be days of rest, non running activities, but the theory behind active recovery is that low intensity running assists in blood circulation and reduces accumulated blood lactate speeding recovery. Worth a try, right? The trick is to use these low intensity days as easy recovery days and not to push the pace because they are short and easy. Oh well, I guess time will tell.
So day 100 is in the books, what is the next milestone? Day 101 of course. No day is guaranteed so I look at each day as a major accomplishment. The next real hard one will be on April 21st, the day after Boston.
One final note, a nod to Derrick S, who is in his 20th year. Truly stunning, but I know he treats everyday, one day at a time. Still 19+ years - amazing.
The summary log of my 100 runs can be found here
Posted by David