I wrote about running streaks last month, and now I’m sad to report that two of them have recently ended: Julie Maxwell’s streak and mine.
Julie ran at least a mile a day for 12,212 days (33.46 years). I ran at least a mile a day for . . . 26 days (0.07 years). Did I have an excuse? Yep. Was it a good one? Probably not. Especially when compared to Julie’s excuse which she gave to the U.S. Running Streak Association: “I fell Sunday morning and broke both bones in my right ankle! With my foot facing backwards, I knew I would not be lacing up my shoes for my daily run.” Legitimate excuse to end the longest current streak by a female runner? I think so.
Obviously, there was less pressure on me to end my streak since it was so, well, recent. If it had reached six months, I’m sure I would become obsessed with getting in that daily run which, for me, would not be the ideal way to enjoy it. Julie said she will start another streak once she heals. Good for her. For me, maybe I’ll aim for a less intense streak like . . . like eating a Fluffernutter once a week for an entire year. You know, something I can really be proud of.