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Start a Streak

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Derrick Spafford – a running coach and trainer, writer, and exercise enthusiast – speak at a local event. In 1989, Derrick started what he has coined a “streak” of running. Since that day in December (I believe) he has not taken a single day off running. I was immediately impressed at his undying loyalty to this streak. I didn’t however, think of what running everyday for over 20 years really entailed.

Derrick has run with a fever of over 104 degrees Fahrenheit. He has run with a broken ankle by using crutches and running snow shoes. He also managed to fit his daily run in during the birth of his child. He looped back to the hospital every 3 1/2 minutes to check in.

Crazy? Perhaps. 

Derrick however, seems quite aware of how this streak may appear to others – completely insane. Yet he didn’t seem to care. While listening to him speak I didn’t question his sanity, only marvel at his fierce and unwavering dedication to putting his running shoes on, getting out the door and being active in some form or another every single day.

So I started a streak. I am doing 10 push-ups a day. Forever.

I encourage you to find an activity, a stretch, a movement, anything associated with being physically active and make a streak out of it. It’s fun, it’s different, and if nothing else, it’s a fantastic conversational piece.

I bet that once you start your streak and really get into it, you’ll want to do more. So even if you start out small (like 10 push-ups a day) your streak could take you places, perhaps places you never even thought possible (like doing 20 push-ups in a row).

Go on, start a streak.   

M

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