A running streak can be a useful, fun, and challenging way to meet more of your running goals. But is a run streak for every runner?
In this article, I want to go into depth on running streaks and answer a series of fundamental questions:
- What is a running streak?
- Is this type of challenge right for any runner?
- What are its main benefits?
- Do run streaks have drawbacks?
- How can we optimally structure a run streak?
First, let’s get our terminology right. What in the world is a running streak anyway?
At its most simplest, a running streak is when you run every day without fail. That string of consecutive running days is your streak.
Many runners establish a certain timeframe for their streak. So, for example, they might set a goal of running every day for 10 days, 30 days, or even an entire year!
While that sounds intimidating, let’s remember that a run streak is a type of challenge. It’s not training to run a certain time in a race distance. And that means the types of runs we can do during a running streak are very different than what we’d normally do during training.
The biggest difference is that most runners set a minimum distance of one-mile to count as an official run. This makes run streaking far more manageable than if you needed a more substantial run every day.
Even if you’re fatigued, sore, or just not interested in running, a single mile is usually doable!
But before you ever attempt a streak, let’s first understand the type of runner best…