To start, I am not against running streaks. I have done them, I have enjoyed them and I think they can be good.
But, just like any training, they are not for everyone. And, there are times when they may not work for you.
I just finished with a one month streak, which I know is practically nothing in the running streak world.
Here are 5 Reasons to not Streak:
- Injury Prone– If you are always struggling with injuries, a running streak can just cause more injury. To start a streak you should be a strong runner, who does not have any injuries. You need to be careful with streaks because you still run on your rest days.
- Serious about Speed– During my streak I was also doing a pretty tough Jack Daniels program with 3 days of hard Speed Work a week. Streaks and speed work are pretty tricky to balance, because you really need to let your body rest after a hard workout. It is possible, but you need to be extra careful.
- No Time– If you already are having a hard time finding time to run, a streak may not be for you. Keep mind that it can also go the other way and run streaking will force you to find the time, since the time is always there, you just need to set it aside.
- You Love to Run really Long– Being an ultrarunner and doing a running streak is another balancing act. Running a 30 mile run and trying to run the next day can be tough, not to mention running after a 100 mile race. If you can do it, more power to you.
- Family Obligations– Some runners may already be testing the limits with their spouse by the time they use running. Thankfully, I have never had this problem. My wife has never complained about my running, but I do most of my running in the early morning, while she is sleeping. But, don’t let your streak stress your marriage, it is not worth it.
What are your reasons not to do a running streak?