Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Streaking!

This is not exactly Will Ferrell's Old School style. Streak running, not to be confused with running naked is apparently extremely popular. Perhaps even more so than running naked. There is a streaking association which has streaking members, a streaking board and rules on how to properly streak. They even require that you have at least 1 year of streaking experience before getting certified to streak and have warnings about the dangers of streaking.

A work colleague dropped a Wall Street Journal article on my desk this week called "In It For The Long Run". Here is the link. The article, written by Ralph Gardner Jr. is about a man named Stuart Calderwood. The senior editor at New York Runner, is the American record holder in the 50-54 age group in the 25k and 30k distances and a streaker who has run every single day for the past 25 years.  What is more astonishing is that this streak according to the article and the United States Running Streak Association is only the 78th longest in the U.S. among current streakers.  The longest is held by Mark Covert, 61, of Lancaster, CA at over 43.5 years.

As much as I run, I still can't grasp this. Even if I never got sick or injured I feel I not only need, I cherish my rest day once a week. That being said, still amazing and I raise my glass of Guinness to you Stuart Claderwood and all your fellow streakers.

Peace

4 comments:

  1. I am not disciplined enough to allow myself rest days. When I did allow rest days, I never had just one per week - I usually had 5 or 6! I have found streaking to be the only way that I can remain consistent in my training. And the benefits of this consistency are apparent - big PRs in just about every distance I ran in 2011.

    My streak as of this writing is 412 days. I'm on that list you linked to, #305. Many of those 412 days have been really cumbersome, but I am glad for every one of them.

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  2. Haven't streaked for 40 years since John B and I ran down beacon bay drive until a cop saw us and turned on his cherry top...we ran for cover and pride.

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