We’re going STREAKING! In the quad….
The Stoked Spooky Streak is about to get underway and we want YOU to join us!
What is a Run Streak?
A run streak (or walking streak) is a challenge where a person commits to running at least a specified minimum distance or time every single day for a consecutive number of days. It’s a popular trend among runners and fitness enthusiasts, and it often involves running at least one mile (1.61 kilometers) every day without any “off” days for a designated period. Some people have ongoing run streaks that are years-long. The Stoked community completes run streaks anywhere from 7-day mini-streaks to 40-day winter and summer holiday streaks.
Benefits of a Run Streak
Performing a run streak can have several benefits:
One of the primary benefits of a run streak is that it promotes consistency in your running routine. When you commit to running every day, it becomes a non-negotiable part of your daily life. This consistency can help you establish a habit and make running a natural [less burdensome?] part of your routine.
Regular running, even if it’s a short distance, can lead to improved cardiovascular fitness, muscle endurance, and overall physical fitness. Over the course of a month, you’re likely to see improvements in your running performance. Shorter daily runs may also reduce the risk of overuse injuries compared to long, intense runs and long racing seasons. I like to do them during the ‘off season’ as a way to maintain fitness without overwhelming burn-out or at the start of a new racing season to help whip me into shape.
A run streak can be mentally challenging. It teaches mental fortitude, discipline, and commitment. Pushing through days when you may not feel like running can help you build toughness and resilience, which can be applied to various aspects of life. Completing a run every day provides a sense of accomplishment. Having a daily goal that you can achieve can boost your self-esteem and motivation, thus improving your mental toughness.
Regular physical activity, like daily running, can aid in weight management and overall body composition. It can help you maintain or lose weight, depending on your dietary choices. Therefore, a run or walk streak can help you manage your overall health and fitness.
A run streak encourages you to explore new routes, terrains, and experiences. You may discover new trails, parks, or neighborhoods in your area, adding variety to your running routine. Sometimes we add photo challenges to our run streaks to keep things interesting.
**Community and Accountability**
Many runners join online communities or social media groups to share their progress, connect with like-minded individuals, and hold themselves accountable. This social aspect can provide motivation and support. Here are Run Fit Stoked, we love creating community through sharing our daily runs!
3 Stoked Streaks:
Run Fit Stoked typically hosts 3 run streaks each year:
- Spooky Streak during the month of October
- Holiday Run Streak, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve
- Summer Run Streak, from Memorial Day through 4th of July.
What you’ll get
During this year’s month-long Stoked Spooky Streak, starting Sunday, October 1st, get the accountability you need to stay on track via the Final Surge app. Use the app for its run data tracking and analysis and its social wall. You can share your wins, gripes, questions, photos, etc with me and other Stoked Streakers.
Also included in your registration fee is a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, in-person or virtual group runs, and a raffle entry to win some Stoked gear. Help me support the mission of LLS to find a cure for blood cancer! Be sure to follow Coach Erica here and on social media so you can join in on any or all of our Stoked Streaks!
Consult a Professional
It’s important to note that while a run streak can offer loads of benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. It’s essential to listen to your body, avoid overtraining, and be flexible with your goals. Additionally, if you’re new to running or have a history of injuries, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional or certified running coach before starting a run streak to ensure it’s safe for you.
Hope to see you out there!