“When you have the enthusiasm and the passion, you end up figuring how to excel.” – Deena Kastor
To keep alive a streak of consecutive running days, it takes a more than wishful thinking. It takes a lot of motivation. Or guilt. But it also takes determination, focus and discipline.
For any meaningful streak, it takes a lot of consistency. And it has to be about more than a number. But numbers do play a part of it for me – there are streaks within the streak that are impressive for me. And those numbers mean something, and keep me motivated to wake up early each morning.
There was one day, in early August, where I convinced myself it wasn’t important to run. The guilt of missing my morning run wore on my mind, and by lunch time I decided to run instead of eat. The streak hasn’t really been in jeopardy since.
Beyond the numbers, there’s an important concept: I’m building up to something big. Yes, the New York City Marathon is just 8 weeks away. But there’s more to it than that. The journey is being mapped out daily, on the roads and trails, and the destination is far beyond the finish line in New York’s Central Park.
Is there really anything that beats running in the fall?
The calendar is packed with tons of races, and those events expose who did their work during the heat of the summer. There’s no faking it.
Spring races are great in that it takes a lot of grit to make it through the winter. You need focus, and discipline to avoid the distractions of summer, to run well in September and October.
When you are committed, it gives you a chance to perform well when the weather is spectacular – like this past Saturday. A number of friends and running pals did really well at the 2014 Dick Beardsley Half Marathon in Detroit Lakes. Find the results here.
A well-deserved congratulations also go out to Grand Forks brothers David Uhlir and Trevor Uhlir – both finished the Superior 100 near Lutsen, Minn., known as one of the toughest ultramarathons in the U.S. Here’s the link to searchable results.