Failure is an F word that makes me want to work harder all the time. According to google failure is defined as “lack of success.” Full disclosure failure used to be a huge cloud over my head looming and I was living in fear of it. Strangely today I welcome it.
Over the summer there was a series of podcast episodes about run streaks that kept sticking in the back of my mind. So of course I am taking on this challenge of a streak and have only achieved failure thus far.
According to Streak Runners International, Inc., and United States Running Streak Association, Inc., an official run streak only counts when one runs “at least one mile (1.61 kilometers) within each calendar day. Running may occur on either the roads, a track, over hill and dale, or on a treadmill.”
Of course I’ve followed up listening to these podcasts with loads of article reading on the interwebs. One of my favorite FAQs about running streaks is below – hilarious if you ask me:
Can I walk/bike/ice-skate/etc. a mile and count that as part of the streak?
Sorry—it’s a Running Streak, not a Workout Streak. (But hey, all those things are good for you too!) Cross-training can be enjoyable and improves overall fitness, but, per this story, “If you’re serious about improving as a runner, run consistently—unless you’re injury-prone.”
Love how this person really just put out their answer: it’s a run streak so you have to run. Amazing and yet crazy this question has to be answered.
Well, I’m on my second attempt at a streak of 100 days. The first one didn’t last that long and I am just hoping that the second one will be longer than the first one. It’s been interesting and I have already learned a lot about myself. It isn’t easy doing something consistent every single day because my life is jam packed but this is really sticking out for me and I truly want to achieve this goal. I forget sometimes to carve out some me time and this is forcing me to set aside at least 20 minutes a day just for this one hope of running at minimum 1 mile a day.
Something that I love about this challenge is that it is so black and white: I either ran a mile that day or I didn’t. The measurement of this goal is spot on and it works well. So far I have only hit failure as my streaks have been broken but it doesn’t stop me from starting again.
I used to be so scared of failure but I have learned that with every failure that is comes through my journey a lesson accompanies it. If you don’t learn from a mistake that is the true failure. So learning from experience and make sure you do better than the first time.
Is there something in your life you are working towards? Does failure scare you? Share your goals below and let’s help each other achieve greatness.
Human Race Podcast (great podcast that has since aired it’s last episode but you should totally check it out anyway) – this is the podcast that has the series of stories on run streaks.
For more info on streak running check out the official Streak Runners International website