Streaking

Looks like my days as a streaker are over. At least for now.

After 130 straight days of running, my run streak ended Thursday when I decided to take the day off to rest up before the Casablanca Classic on Saturday, Nov. 10. I have a knot in my back for a week as well as tightness in my right calf since a hill run last Sunday. There’s also the tenderness in my right heel.

I Googled my symptoms and have diagnosed myself with a mild case of plantar fasciitis. So all it’s been about these last couple of days is rest and stretching. I didn’t run today either.

Not that it was easy to give up the streak. I kept that thing going with runs on some very cold and rainy nights. But I know I am doing the right thing. I personally loved the doing a run streak. While others consider it to be an unhealthy practise, I think I managed daily runs the right way and it helped me to hit my goals.

The bulk of my running load came between Canada Day and Labour Day, what I was calling my Kenyan Summer. I was running at least eight kilometers a day and would alternate hard and easy days and sometimes run twice a day. At least once a week I would follow-up a good night run with an equal effort early the next morning. Often, my morning runs were fasted runs: I’d do them before breakfast.

In September, I kept the streak going, but easy days turned into three kilometer runs when I felt like I needed a break.

My plan was to get used to running tired in an effort to simulate the end of halfs and fulls. Can’t say for sure where I came up with this notion, but it seemed to make sense in theory. Turns out it worked pretty well in practise, too. I set PBs for both distances this year. Plus, I recovered from long training runs and races a lot more quickly.

Hopefully I will be able to keep up my fitness now that I am not running every day. I plan to still run hard every other day and will maybe mix in some cross training. This season was a huge success — I set four personal bests and hit all of my goals so far — and I want to keep the momentum going in 2013. Also looking forward to starting another run streak next summer.

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  1. […] and all sorts of fun stuff to do outside. I’ll also be starting up my second annual summer run streak this weekend, with the goal of running everyday from Canada Day to Labour Day (at least). But […]

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