Monday, 26 September 2011

Streaking

No Dear Reader, not naked running but the art of streaking... "What is streaking?" I hear you exclaim.

The official definition of a running streak, as adopted by the United States Running Streak Association, is to run at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one's own body power (without the utilisation of any type of health or mechanical aid other than prosthetic devices). 

I was on Twitter tonight on a feed with two runners discussing their latest streak statistics, one describing the fact he had run a 23 day streak of ~190 miles and another whose statistics were not available. Reading this conversation and had my head reeling about this and why this would be of benefit to the runner and whilst raising a hand and applauding the persons involved I couldn't help but feel that it was done for the wrong reasons. (Yes I did 260 miles in 30 days earlier this but I had rest days)

This blog is not about slating peoples training plans or aspirations after all mine is not perfect but it is about ensuring that in every plan that you undertake there is sufficient rest or reduction in mileage on a regular basis to allow the body sufficient time to recover. This is a heartfelt plea to any runner to understand that you are not a robot and your body does wear down, I was flabbergasted when I heard one person say they were trying to build an aerobic base having nearly run 1500 miles this year....I think that base is there don't you?

So as I always say "Listen to everyone, follow nobody" just heed my warning, don't use that over used term floating around running communities of "Listening to your body" for I won't be listening to you when your body wears down, don't grumble that you feel tired and then go running, don't grumble when you say your leg hurts and then go running....just rest and enjoy it. 

Here endeth the lesson and open letter .

1 comment:

  1. I hear you and must say I do listen to my body. It did however take me many years to learn to actually apply this. We just love learning the hard way.

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