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Are you a streaker?

January 25, 2011 - Erik Brown
Are you a streaker? Hey, it's been pretty cold out there lately and it just seems like that has to make it harder for those of you who are into that, right? Me, I've never been a streaker and I'm getting a little too old to start now. Even if I was so inclined, work and family considerations just wouldn't permit it. You can bet that Deanna wouldn't approve!

Of course, I'm talking about that segment of the running community who feel compelled to keep their "streak of consecutive running days" going, no matter what. But you knew that, didn't you... Ethel?

You may have noticed that I put "streak of consecutive running days" inside quotation marks. That's because some self-proclaimed streakers are, dare I say it, phonies!

Why do you say that, you ask? Well, it pains me to speak of my fellow runners that way, but some people are so determined to preserve the bragging rights to their streak that they bend the definition of a "run". By "bend" I mean mangle. Running across the parking lot to your car simply doesn't count! Can we all agree on that? Okay? Good.

So what does count as a run? I maintain a daily log of my running, and although I never step out the door for a run that I don't intend to do at least 3 miles, my personal standard is that I'll log it if I make at least 2. I decided on the 2 mile minimum last year during a time when a sore calf muscle was preventing me from going further.

But, according to the United States Running Streak Association, Inc. (no, I didn't make that up, see the link for their website in the right margin on this page), the official definition of a running streak, is "to run at least one continuous mile within each calendar day under one's own body power (without the utilization of any type of health or mechanical aid other than prosthetic devices)". They go on to say that "Running under one's own body power can occur on either roads, a track, over hill and dale, or on a treadmill. Running cannot occur through the use of canes, crutches, or banisters, or reliance on pools or aquatic devices to create artificial buoyancy." Any interested person may apply for USRSA membership, but no runner can have their running streak listed on either the active or retired running streak list until it has reached at least one year in duration.

So there you go. You can become an official, registered, streaker in good standing. And they said you'd never amount to anything...

This is a good time to remind you that comments are always welcome and encouraged. In fact, you, I'm calling you out! (um..., but not literally, Tim). Are you a streaker, and what do you think? How far does one need to go to count it as a run?


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