“For me, a day without running is like a day without eating. It’s like going without food.” – Haile Gebrselassie
A streak only means something to the person chasing it.
And ultimately it only matters if the streak is effective in reaching some greater goal: better fitness, faster times, weight loss, stress relief or whatever a runner needs it to deliver.
In my case, I needed a streak to push through physical injuries, and if I could do that, regain my running mojo. My first attempt at a streak came up short in June. Then, I gave into the fatigued and snapped my effort in July.
But starting July 18, and every day since, I’ve laced up my running shoes and logged more than 4 miles in the buildup to the New York City Marathon.
After 103 days, the streak is coming to an end.
As my consecutive days streak extended past August, I struggled to find meaning in its ending. Failing to find some justification or profound symbolism to stop it, I just kept running. It’s possible another one like it may never come again. Along the way, though, I learned a lot about myself and discovered the strength to push past preconceived boundaries.
There were many, many fatigue-filled mornings in which I wanted to let the streak expire. But its ending, I determined, needed some significance. As September offered up exceptional running weather, my goal was to reach my birthday in early October and let the streak end. But with mileage goals firmly set, the early morning runs continued to the dawn of the New York City Marathon.
The following numbers provide some insight on the streak and my training over the past 4 months.
Consecutive running days: 103
Fewest daily miles: 4.13
Most daily miles: 23.48
Total miles: 877.54
Average daily miles: 8.52
Consecutive weeks with increased mileage: 11
Other notable statistics during training
Consecutive weeks increasing long run: 15
Monthly mileage records: 2 (263 in August, 287 in September)
Number of consecutive 200-plus mile months: 4
Weight loss: 26 pounds