Streaking – Not Good for Older Runners

Streaking can get you in a lot of trouble up “heah” in Maine this time of year, blue balls, shrinkage and nippy nips, not to mention the blue lights and guys in uniform laughing at you. Yeah I know bad joke and I couldn’t resist!  😉
Streaking – A bad thing?
Bennie resting on his dog
Stop and think about it streaking in relation to running – how can it be a bad thing?  It helps motivate you to run more doesn’t it?.
Personally, when I have a longer running streak going, I tend to focus on getting in a run in, more than how my body is feeling.
That is not, in my opinion a good thing.
We runners and exercise enthusiasts need to learn to listen more to what our bodies are telling us, not less and streaking in my opinion interferes with that.
A running streak for many people can take on a life of its own and become more important than the quality of the runs that they are doing. You get too wrapped up in ensuring that you get out there and running every day, whatever your minimum mileage requirement is. No matter what you are feeling like, if you are sick, what is going on around you or what the weather is outside.
You feel that you MUST complete that day’s run.
My Streak
As of yesterday I had a 21 day running streak going. Until this morning, I had planned to run today, to keep the streak going. However, while walking the dog on his 3.0 mile walk and listening to what my body was trying to tell me, I decided to stop the streak.
Back in November I got caught up in the Runner’s World running streak challenge – #rwrunstreak hashtag and extended my running streak beyond my self-imposed 13 day limit. I have attempted to justify why I could or should continue the streak, but in reality streaking there are no good reasons for me to continue it.
Why stop the streak?
To be honest, I need the rest more than I need a running streak.
This streak was beginning to bug me, I felt pressured a couple of times during it, to go out and just do a run to keep it alive, instead of listening to my body’s need for rest. This is one of those things that as I get older, I do have to pay attention to and rest more often than I used to. Otherwise I am setting myself up for an injury and that is not something that I want to go through again.
Also as a streak gets longer, it gets more difficult to let it go, that is why I plan on a rest day at least every 13 days, so I don’t get caught up in streaking, yet I allowed myself to get sucked into streaking, because I was feeling good and running good.
One of the main reasons that I was feeling that way was because I was being smart and resting when I needed to. Time to get back to being smart again.
Those who do
Those of you who have streaks going – I am honestly happy for you and hope that your streak continues for as long as you want it to and that it provides you the extra motivation to keep running when you may have missed a day otherwise.
Just ensure that you listen to your body closely and when it tells you it is time to end the streak, listen to it carefully. Otherwise you may start a different kind of streak and one that you will not be as proud of  – Days Not Run in a row – due to injury streak.
I just came off one of those injury – did not run streaks and I have no interest in starting another of those.
No Streaking
My goals are to be running well 10-20 years from now, not just today or tomorrow. How does streaking fit into those plans – it doesn’t. I can’t and won’t allow myself to be caught up again by others who are streaking or endorsing others to streak, it isn’t the direction that I want to take with my running.
Fortunately for me at this point in my running life, streaking just isn’t necessary as a motivation to be out there running. I enjoy running enough to be able to take a day or two off and still want to get back to running as soon as possible.
Streaking just gets me in trouble.
Memories
Now I remember a night back when The Streak was popular…well its probably better not to talk about that night 😉

AVR Week In Review – 12/11/11

The big news this week was that I got selected to be a FitFluential Ambassador – To be honest I am very excited and honored to have been selected.  I am looking forward to being a part of and contributing to the FitFluential community.

Running This Week

In a word: GREAT!!!

I ran Back Cove in Portland with TheWife for the first time since 2006 and also had a 6.0 mile run also.  I am staying right around the 9:00 to 10:00 minute pace, dipping into the 8:00s every so often.

I decided to take a day off running today and break my 21 day running streak. My body is telling me that it needs a day of rest, so it is going to get one. When I am in the middle of a running streak, I tend to forget to listen to my body and don’t give it enough rest to recover from the stresses of running. Rest is part of being a successful and mostly injury free runner in my experience, who know maybe I am starting to mature – naaaahhhh. My goal each week is 20-25 miles and I reached that very easily, so the bod has earned a day off.

Weight

I have hit a plateau this week spending most of it bouncing between 173 and 174, which is still really great!  The weather has turned colder and we have most of completed most of our outside projects, so I am not as active as I had been. This is the time of year that we/I have to be most careful, not because of all the great food, but because of the reduced levels of activity, that go together with colder weather.

Injuries

The right knee is groaning and moaning a bit more as I increase my mileage a little and had a running streak of 21 days which I stopped today. My lower back has bothered more this week than anything. I hurt it a little when I was moving all that dirt around a while ago and no it doesn’t bother me when I am running. However, if I sit in my easy chair for any length of time it really starts to hurt. Gonna not sit in my chair for a week and see if that is part of the problem, if it is will have to re-think my seating options at night.

Shoes

I ran in my Saucony Peregrines all week – again, they now have over 100 miles on them and I don’t see any noticeable signs of wear or tear on the shoes. They have done everything that I have asked of them (trails, roads, muddy roads, a little speed work, snow, and slush) and then some. I have to put them in the top 10 of all the shoes I have ever run in and that list includes a lot of shoes.

Blog Posts

This week I did go back and re-write (they needed it) some of my old posts from One Foot In Reality, they were not as focused as they could have been and needed some editing. The one that needed to be updated the most was Welcome to “A Veteran Runnah”, the reasons for being here have changed when I created AVR the first part of November.

Below are the post from last week:

  1. 1988 to 2000 – The Lost Running Years
  2. My Running Bucket List
  3. RunLog 12/5/11 – First 6 Miler in a Long Time
  4. Runneritis – A Dread Disease
  5. Seasons of a Running Life
  6. RunLog 12/6/11 – Running Back Bay Portland
  7. Welcome to Veteran Runnah
  8. Six Rules for Running in Winter Weather
  9. Dressing for Winter Running
  10. RunLog 12/7/11 – Cold Rainy Day
  11. Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review
  12. RunLog 12/8/11 – First Run in Icebreaker Base Layer
  13. In Search of the Perfect Running Shoe
  14. RunLog 12/9/11 – No Freaking Dogs – Yipeeee
  15. Choosing a new Running Shoe
  16. RunLog 12/10/11 – Sun is Trying to Come Out
  17. Buying New Running Shoes – How to do it?

Top Ten

Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on pageviews:

1. Choosing a new Running Shoe
2. Runneritis – A Dread Disease

3. Dressing for Winter Running
4. My Running Bucket List
5. Buying New Running Shoes – How to do it?
6. In Search of the Perfect Running Shoe
7. Welcome to Veteran Runnah
8. Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review
9. Seasons of a Running Life

10. Six Rules for Running in Winter Weather
Reviews
I was invited by the Natureshop to review 3 pieces (top, bottoms and glove liners) from the Icebreaker Merino Wool base layer clothing line. I have worn the Icebreaker base layer for most of my runs this week and at other times also.
So far they have worked as advertised and from my unscientific point of view, they seem to transport sweat away from my body better than the synthetic base layer clothing that I own. See my two posts so far: Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review and RunLog 12/8/11 – First Run in Icebreaker Base Layer.

I have worn them everyday since I received them and no I have not washed the Icebreaker clothes. Surprisingly TheWife hasn’t got upset about the stench coming from my corner of the bedroom. She complains if I leave the synthetic running clothes lying around too much and yes even I agree they stink, but the Icebreaker clothes have not left any mysterious aromas in the air for her to track down and tell me about yet.

Thank You

for taking the time to read my posts. Those of you who recently started following me on Twitter or Google+, thank you and I look forward to reading your tweets, posts, links and blogs also.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with Icebreaker merino wool base layer top, bottoms and gloves to wear test in exchange for an honest evaluation of the Icebreaker base layer clothing on my blog(s) by the Natureshop. The fact that the product was provided to me at no charge, did not influence my review of these products. My review was based upon my personal experience with and use of these products.