I try to have my antenna up at all times to be receptive to “synchronicity” aka the “divine plan”. So when two people that I follow on Instagram posted their running steak stats on the same day @193countries (1000 days running) and @ebgiii (667 days & 7000 miles running) I did a Google search to see what constitutes a running streak.
According to The United States Running Streak Association (USRSA), streaks are eligible for inclusion on the USRSA streak lists if they meet these two requirements: They are at least 365 days old AND you have run every day during your streak for at least 1 mile (1.61 kilometers).
USRSA maintains a registry of active and retired running streaks. There are currently 3724 “active streaks”. The longest streak is 9,217 days (52.61 years) held by runner Jon Sutherland age 71. Lois Bastien age 85 holds the record for the longest female streak at 15,237 days (41.72 years).
As luck would have it Abbott Global Run Club’s January Challenge is the “Run 31 Running Streak Challenge!”; run or walk 31 times during the month of January.
Today I was out the door at sunrise to do a cursory 1-mile run in 17 ℉. As is usually the case, I ended up running further than I’d planned to, logging 1.70 miles.
As of today, I’m 16 days into my first running streak.