RW Running Streak: FAQs

The Winter #RWRunStreak is here, and this year we have partnered with TrainingPeaks and Tracksmith to get you through the miles! To participate, you just run every day from Thanksgiving (November 25) to New Year’s Day (January 1). Questions? Check out our handy FAQ list below.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the streak?
It’s open to everyone! If you’re a regular runner, this is a great chance to stay motivated. If you’re brand new, it’s a fantastic way to get going. (If you’re in doubt on how much you should run, ask your doctor.)

Isn’t running every single day bad for you? Shouldn’t you be promoting rest?
Running hard and long every single day will certainly lead to burnout. However, you only need to run one mile every day to keep this streak alive, and that mile can be as slow and easy as you want it to be. Per this Ed Eyestone article from 2009: “So is a little running on a rest day okay for mere mortals? It can be. As long as you keep the volume and intensity very light, you can still get the recovery benefits.”

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.” If you’re getting started with running, then using a run/walk method is a smart idea.

Should I do this if I’m injury-prone/injured?
Probably not! If you’re not sure, ask your doctor.

Can I join if I’m already in the middle of a streak?
But of course! Current streakers are welcome, as are past streakers and never-before streakers.

How do I log my miles for the streak?
To be considered part of the #RWRunStreak, all you need to do is run at least a mile day. There’s no registration or tracking for the #RWRunStreak—just run one mile a day, and you’re streaking!

Can I keep going after the streak ends?
Again, but of course! Keep it up for a year, and you can join the Streak Registry on the United States Running Streak Association’s website. You need to be reasonably fit before you attempt anything like this. The United States Running Streak Association recommends that potential streakers should have been running on a regular basis for at least six months.

What’s the longest active running streak?
That belongs to Jon Sutherland, who has been running at least one mile a day for over 52 years. For you math fans out there, that’s, at minimum, right around 19,000 miles logged.

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