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May 10, 2013

On The Run: Keeping the streak alive

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Injuries are a concern, but Kirleis has been able to amass serious mileage without any serious problems.

“I find that I mostly get injured only when I start doing speed work, usually in training for a marathon or some distance requiring speed. Speed work training is very hard on the body, and this is where most seasoned runners, if they get injured, will get it from,” he said. “Thankfully, for me, most of my injuries are those I can run through, meaning I will have to run easy, slower, and not as far to get the injury healed before ramping up again.”

Streak running isn’t for everyone. Skier recommends that folks who run every day avoid running more than once in a day. He also suggests not running more than two miles on the road, instead opting for non-paved surfaces like trails.

“And of course, if your body tells you it isn’t up for a run, don’t run,” said Skier. “Don’t force yourself to run each day if your body needs a break. Rest is not a four-letter word.”

For those who want try streak running, Kirleis warns against unrealistic expectations.

“Don’t set artificial rules. I know people who decide to streak run, and they say that they will log at minimum 3 or 4 miles a day. That minimum is too high for being able to sustain it for very long,” he said. “You want to streak run, but you also want to be able to recover. The key is keeping things fun, keeping it social as much as possible, and the streak will take on a life of its own.”

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On the Run is a biweekly column about the North Shore running scene. Send any questions, comments, or news to jay.kumar@gmail.com.

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