Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
When it comes to fitness, I’m a firm believer in quality over quantity. It’s why you won’t find me doing a run streak, 100 pushups a day, or any sort of challenge of that sort.
It’s important in food, too. 100 calorie snack pack vs a banana? Which one will leave me wanting more, and which one will satisfy me?
Don’t get me wrong: when it comes to food, I love a sweet as much (or maybe more) than the next person. I also know that sweets don’t keep me full. They may taste satisfying in those first few moments, but ultimately, they’ll lead me to want to eat something else (and probably something sweet) because they don’t fill me up.
And if it doesn’t taste great, then I’m not going to finish it. I don’t care how much I paid for it, better in the wastebasket than on my waist.
And speaking of that banana, I’ll usually pair it with some almond butter for some healthy fat and a tiny bit of protein to keep me feeling full longer.
Let’s get back to fitness, and more specifically running. Did you know that every workout should have a purpose?
Tempo runs: increase your stamina
Long runs: time on your feet/endurance
Speedwork: to increase speed
Easy runs: maintain your aerobic fitness
Remember, I’m not a nurse, doctor, or running coach and that is a rather simplistic list, but you get the idea. I feel that when I go out for a run, it ought to have a purpose, and that purpose isn’t to keep a streak alive.
If you want to streak and you find it helpful — many runners do — I won’t argue with you. We are all an experiment of one, and while I’ve never tried a streak, I don’t think it would work for me: too time consuming and too easy for me to overdo it and injure myself.
Do you feel your streak runs are quality runs?