My Running Streak – Cont’d By BJ David I was given the opportunity to submit an article about my running streak in an earlier issue of The Runner’s Spotlite. I was honored…plus, my kids thought it was cool. So, what streak am I referring to? To summarize: after many unsuccessful attempts at making running a part of my life, I was inspired by an article on ESPN.com, Everlasting Run. The article is easily accessible online, but it tells the story of Robert Kraft, who began running eight miles every day on the beaches of Miami, Florida. When did he start? January 1, 1975. When did he stop? He hasn’t. That’s right. He’s still running eight miles every day. He crossed 100,000 miles two and a half years ago. After telling my wife and a couple of friends of my intentions, I began my running streak on December 27, 2007. I haven’t missed a day since. Really. I’ve kept my streak alive by running at least one mile during each calendar day. Two miles today does not count as a mile for tomorrow. My streak is noted on the United States Running Streak Association’s (USRSA) website, www.runeveryday.com. Check it out. I’m currently at #204 on the active streak list…in the world! Sounds pretty cool doesn’t it? Or goofy, I know. Somebody tells me almost every week how I shouldn’t be running every day. I couldn’t disagree more. They say, “You’re going to hurt yourself. We’re not supposed to run every day.” I usually respond with something like, “I’m not sure we’re supposed to be sitting behind a desk, eating fast food every day either. I’ll stick with running.” Or I’ll go with, “We live in the most obese country in the world. I’m not so sure everyone else has it figured out. Wanna meet me for a run this evening?” Now I’ll admit, I’m probably more of a jogger than a runner so I think I take it pretty easy on my knees. I believe we’re supposed to be active. And I figure why not be active every day. Now, I’m still on the road running my company, Mella Window & Carpet Cleaning so I’m carrying ladders, climbing around someone’s house, moving furniture, or pushing a carpet cleaning wand around all day. I’m not exactly sedentary. With that said, many of the days of my streak have only seen me complete a little over a mile, but I still did something. It’s my way of keeping active. It’s my way helping myself not become a couch potato. It’s a great stress reliever, keeps my weight down, keeps my heart rate low, and more. So it’s a part of my life. My family and friends know how important it is to me. It rarely gets in the way of anything though, since I can do it at any time during the calendar day. When we have games for the kids, a social event, a family gathering, etc…I keep the streak alive around our schedule. I’ve gotten up at 5:00 a.m. to run before we traveled all day. I’ve sprinted out the door at 11:45 p.m., in the rain to get it in before midnight. I’ve run on the days that two family members and one friend have passed. I’ve run with a horrible case of bronchitis. I’ve kept the streak alive after multiple ½ marathons when my legs really didn’t want me to. I’ve run while on “boys trips”. During the first couple of years, there were even two instances when I got into bed and my wife said, “Did you run?” And out of bed I groaned, out the front door I went…yeah, those nights sucked. But I still did it. I would like to get more miles in, but it’s difficult with my schedule. Sometimes I imagine that having a running partner a couple times a week or month would help move the miles up, but ultimately it’s up to me. Are you interested in starting a running streak? Have any questions? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or look up One Mile Per Day on Facebook. I would enjoy hearing from you or even starting a group that meets once a month to run and check up on each other. In two and a half months, I’ll cross four years. My kids occasionally run with me now and hopefully will on my upcoming anniversary. Tomorrow is day 1,387 and the USRSA still considers me a “Neophyte”! Hey, it’s just one mile per day! Get out there!
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