My run streak ended today at 27 days. I’ve never been much of a run streaker – I’m nearly certain I’ve never gone longer than a month or two. It’s trendy lately, and has even been promoted by Runner’s World to an extent http://www.runnersworld.com/cold-weather-running/the-2013-holiday-running-streak, so I thought it warranted a post. Most people would probably argue that your body needs rest days. I don’t have a strong opinion on this. For me, it has always been about taking a mental break. Running every day, particularly in snow, wind and sub-zero temperatures, is tough. Sometimes, you just need to treat yo’self to a day off.
With that being said, I had the opportunity to run with one of the greatest run streakers ever. I grew up in Connecticut, and one town over, in Newtown, lived Ed Sandifer. Ed was friends with my high school cross country coach (he had been a coach himself at Western New England University) and he used to come run with us now and again. I knew he had a run streak, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. Looking back now, I can appreciate it. Ed ran 37 straight Boston Marathons (1973-2009) – this is one of the longest streaks ever. He also ran every single day from April 10, 1972 to August 10, 2009 – over 37 years. According to the U.S. Running Streak Association, this is the 5th longest streak ever. Tragically, Ed’s streak was stopped by a stroke – and I know he would still be “streaking” if he could be. While my streaks will always be much closer to 37 days than 37 years, I can appreciate what he was doing – and to all the other streakers out there, I simply say: