19 years and still streakin’

I have always enjoyed Christmas. Not only is it a great time to spend with family and friends, it’s also the day each year that I celebrate my secret life as a streaker. Yes, you heard me right, as of Christmas Day, I have been streaking for 19 years and still going strong.

Okay, so the first thought that probably came into your head may have been that of the craze in the 1970’s where people would run around naked in public. Well, that isn’t the type of streaking I was referring to.

On Christmas Day, I celebrated 19 years of running every single day without taking a day off. It’s always fun to look back in my training log and see the things that I’ve run through. Some of the more challenging runs I’ve done to keep my running streak alive over the years have included: achilles tendonitis, torn hamstring, ITBS, plantar fasciitis, broken leg, pneumonia, and not to mention all of the everyday things in life that can get in the way.

I genuinely love running and getting out there every day (quite often twice each day) is not usually a problem for me. The world is always a more enjoyable place and makes much more sense after a run. I can honestly say that there are only a few runs each year that I don’t necessarily enjoy, but even for those, I return home feeling much better than before I went out.

My Christmas Day run is usually a celebration run for me where I enjoy getting out there and reflecting on my past year of running and life. This year’s Christmas run didn’t end up being quite as enjoyable as other years however as I have been quite sick for the past few days. Even though it was a struggle, I got it in and now find myself looking forward to the next year of running.

People who I haven’t seen for a while will sometimes ask me if my running streak is still alive, and how long I plan to keep it going. My response is that I’ll continue to take it one day at a time.

Here’s to another year of streakin’.

Happy Holidays!


About the author

Sara Montgomery and Derrick Spafford

Derrick and Sara are trail runners from Eastern Ontario who discovered that running on snowshoes in the winter months is a great way to enjoy their favorite trails year-round. They competed in their first snowshoe series (The Mad Trapper Series in Low, Quebec) in 2005, each finishing 2nd in their respective divisions. Plans for 2006 are to return to the Mad Trapper, to take in some races in New York and Vermont, and hopefully cap their season with the U.S. Snowshoe Championships in March, as Canadian guests. Derrick runs a company, Spafford Health and Adventure (http://www.healthandadventure.com), which specializes in coaching and event promotion. He is currently planning an annual snowshoe race to be held in the Kingston area, starting this winter.