I STARTED MY STREAK of running at least one mile a day on Mother’s Day, May 8, in order to have some experience before suggesting it as a summer activity. I run most days of the week so it wasn’t a big stretch, but it does require remembering my “streak duty” and getting out every single day to do it isn’t always convenient. A physical calendar hanging in a visible place that can be taken with me on travel days would help to remind and motivate. Cell phone apps don’t do that for ME, although other runners swear by them. I do keep a log of miles run on my phone, but the streak deserved something better! I settled on keeping track by marking days run consecutively on one of my EarnedRuns bibs. Not sure that it’s the perfect solution, as the specific dates are not recorded. Maybe I will change that at my next check-in with you.
If you haven’t started yet, you can begin your streak anytime. It does not need to be Memorial Day. It could be Arbor Day, Father’s Day, the Summer Solstice, July 4th, or a Wednesday of an ordinary week. It also doesn’t need to be a running streak; it could be walking, biking, or stretching, etc. Set a goal of performing a modest exercise that you think would be of physical benefit to you, that repeating daily would not cause injury, and that would generate a sense of accomplishment as you persevered in it’s performance.
BRIDGE TO PHYSICAL SELF
Running, walking, and fitness activities enable us to experience our physical selves in a world mostly accessed through use of fingers on a mobile device.
EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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