Run Every Day: Why I Am A Run Streaker

Cascade Lakes Relay 2015 - just three weeks into my streak
On July 9, 2015, I registered with the United States Running Streak Association (USRSA) and started Day One of my Run Streak.  I had no idea the places my feet would take me in the days, weeks, months and years that followed.  I also had no idea how much interest other people would have in my streak.  Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions that I get.

Q:  What are the rules?
A: The rules are simple.  To be a recognized "Streaker" by USRSA, each runner must  "run 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" for a minimum of 365 days.  When I first started my streak, other Streakers told me that the mile had to be "one continuous mile" for a minimum of 365 days.  If you stop mid-mile, you have to start your mile over.  Streakers who have been doing it for years are very particular about the Consecutive Without Stopping part.  Rumor has it they have even gone so far as to say you could run a full marathon, but if you stopped in the middle of each mile it wouldn't count toward your streak. This made me laugh.  Talk about rigid.  But I get it.  If you don't hold fast to this rule, people would find a way around it, stopping multiple times per mile because they are tired and say it counts as a mile. I respect the Continuous Mile and on more than one occasion have had to start my mile over again because of red lights, shoes coming untied, etc.

You do not have to run a certain pace to qualify as a run streaker.  It just has to be one continuous running motion for a mile.  Anyone could do this.

The USRSA Director read my post and wanted to include this addendum: " While you may adhere to the continuous mile rule for your own streak, our streak association dropped the rule a couple of years ago."

Sunlight on my face. Sweat on my brow.  Just how I like it.
Q:  How do I register as a Run Streaker?
A:  Go to and fill out the registration form.  Send in your $20 annual membership fee and you're off and running (pun intended).

Q:  What is your run streak goal?
A:  My original goal was a minimum of 365 days.  I wanted my name on the docket at USRSA.  But I got to 365 days and I was addicted.  There was no part of me that wanted to stop streaking, so I set a new goal.  1,000 days.  I want that run streak comma.  I'm 85 days away from that goal and that makes me VERY happy.
Track workouts - I have a love/hate relationship with them
One year streaking in the books

Day 900 was Christmas Day 2017.  My whole family ran 1.5 miles with me so that our total would be 9 miles for 900 days.  They are awesome.

Q: Why a run streak?
A:  In July 2015 I was already running five or six days a week and in great shape.  My good friend Paula started a run streak on January 1st, 2009.  She hasn't missed a day of running in over nine years. She inspires me. Paula could tell that her streak intrigued me, so she asked me, "Why are you not streaking?" I couldn't get that question out of my mind. I unofficially started a streak.  Ran five days in a row and purposely skipped the sixth day.  Instead of appreciating the rest, I was irritated with myself for sitting on the Run Streak fence.  The next day, I put my money where my dream was and registered with USRSA.  Then told my husband Curt I was an official Run Streaker.
Paula, Amanda (middle) and I ran a half marathon a couple weeks before I started my run streak.
The timing was terrible to start a streak.  Curt was working a more than full time, high stress job while simultaneously going to full time graduate school to earn his doctorate.  He was one year into a three year program, and we hardly ever saw him.  All four of our kids play sports year round and at the time, none of them were driving, so I spent the majority of my time chauffeuring and coordinating sports calendars.  When I wasn't doing that I was running my photography business.  Adding one more Must Do Today seemed stupid, but I felt pulled to give it a try.  I'm so glad I did.  The streak has been one of the best gifts to me and my family.

My run streak has been a stabilizing force in a chaotic season in my family's life.  No matter what the day threw at me, I knew I would run.  I've done some of the best business planning, talking to Jesus, and friendship building on the run. I come home from a run with a clear head and focused vision for each day. My run streak has made me a better wife, mother and friend. Every day for more than 900 days, I have chosen to honor the commitment I made to run one mile.  It's empowering to know I can do hard things.  God knew I needed this.
Dawn is one of my best friends.  I learn so much about running and life by training with her.  We got DRENCHED in this 10k on Thanksgiving Day 2016.
It was NOT raining on this half marathon day.  We ran every step together and won our age group so we got huge bottles of wine.
Q: Where do you run?
A:  Always outside.  Always.  I'm not sure I even know how to work a treadmill.  I'm never without my Handful Bra because I have a permanent tan line from them.
Never without my Handful.
Q:  What about bad weather?
A:  When you're a streaker, the question is not IF you're going to run, it's WHEN you're going to run. So I just get it done.  I'm grateful Oregon is so temperate and I can run outside every day. Last winter it rained and rained and rained and rained and rained.  I rotated my shoes on the heating vent and was very sick of feeling like a raisin.  I have fallen multiple times due to slick road conditions, ice, tree roots, etc.  Thankfully none of these falls have resulted in significant injuries.
Selfie after another skin-drenching run in the rain
After one of my falls.  Darn tree roots.
Q: Don't you get sick?
A:  Yes.  Those are the days when I just run a slow mile or two.  Those are also the days when being a Streaker feels hard.
Some running days just feel like this.
Q: What about injuries?
A:  Yep.  Paula has a motto, "Run yourself better" and I've adopted it.  When I'm hurting, I modify my workout to baby whatever is not 100% and do what it takes to get back to running injury free.  I've utilized yoga, physical therapy, massage, and easier workouts to keep bouncing back. Fortunately none of my injuries have been Streak Ending ones, but streaking does take a toll.  I am currently addressing lingering tendonitis in a knee that has been very sore for months.

Q: What are the craziest places/times you've run?
A:  When we hike, I still have to run at least one mile. One time I ran circles around the lake we hiked up to, but most of the time, I run the road from the trailhead back down the mountain for a mile and then my family picks me up.  I've run laps around high schools in between water polo games, before photo shoots, in between soccer games, and circles around the traffic lights downtown Portland so I didn't have to start my mile over.  On day 699, I almost forgot to run.  I remembered when someone at a graduation party asked me how far I ran that day - it made for a late night run on a belly full of party food, but Curt and I got it done.  I have run down Mt. Hood, on Huntington Beach, and along the Deschutes River.  Through the forest, around neighborhoods, down country roads, and through the urban core of big cities.  I've run on gravel, single track, pavement, cement, and the track. I have run by myself, with my friends, and with my family. Curt and I run together every Sunday.  It has been incredible.
Running down the trail above Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood
Running has given me some of my best friends.  And Oregon is not an ugly place to run.

Q: Has the streak made you a better runner?
A:  YES!  Running every day without a purpose is boring.  To keep it interesting, I started racing more.  With each new training schedule, I got stronger and faster.  I won the 2016 Vernonia Marathon, shattering my previous marathon PR by twelve minutes.  I also won a local 10k with a sub-7 pace, something that is super hard for me.  This summer I finished an ultra relay, splitting 216.6 very difficult miles with five other runners in 29 hours.  My portion was 40 miles   It was the most difficult and exhilarating accomplishment to date.  My run streak helped me accomplish these things.

I will never forget this moment - crossing the finish line of a marathon with a shiny new PR and as the first woman. 
I ran so much faster than I thought I would that Curt missed the finish.  LOL.
finishing the Eugene Marathon this year was bittersweet.  Second fastest marathon, but not the race I trained for.  This race wrecked me for weeks.
10k Winner and a sub-7 pace!
My Ultra Relay day taking one for the team and running one very stiff and slow mile with me the morning after our race.
Q:  How many miles do you run a day?
A: In 2016, I averaged a 10k a day.  This year, I had to reduce my mileage starting in September because of tendonitis in my knee.  It brought my average to 5.6 miles a day. The days when I just run one mile are few and far between.  If I'm going to get sweaty, I might as well make it count.

during the Cascade Lakes Relay 2017
Q: How many miles have you run?
A: In three years (January 1, 2015 to date), I have run more than 6,000 miles: the same distance it is from Portland, Oregon to Bucharest, Romania. This boggles my mind.

I ran with Curt up the backside of Mt. Bachelor during his ridiculously hard leg of the Cascade Lakes Relay.
I was his water sherpa and his encourager.  We both wept when he finished.  It's one of the greatest things we've done together - top ten dates for sure. My run streak gave us this memory.

Q: When will you quit?
A: I used to say, "I have no plans to quit."  However, I'm feeling compelled to end the streak after 1,000 days.  Curt graduated in June with a doctorate in Education Leadership.  Having him around again to help me navigate our crazy life makes me less needy for a run every day.  My continuing achy knee is also nudging me toward taking a break from running. So that's where I'm at right now.  Ask me in another thirty days and I might feel compelled to keep streaking.  It's pretty addicting.

Starting my first leg of the CLR ultra.

Q:  What does your family think of your streak?
A:  They have been very supportive.  It's nice that Curt worked in orthopedics for so many years.  He's my sounding board for all my aches and pains and I trust his advice.  I was recently interviewed by Runners World about my streak.  The article focused on what it's like to live with a streaker.  Here's a link to the article.  I still can't believe I got to share my running story in such an iconic publication.

So there you have it.  The most frequently asked questions I get about being a run streaker.  If you have one for me, leave it in the comments and I'll gladly answer it.

Run on Friends.

#runeveryday #runstreaker #whyirun

Hood to Coast 2017: Portland Running Company Girlz

by Jodi

This weekend I ran Hood to Coast for the third time.  Thank you Dave and Paula for the opportunity to represent you and your store that has changed the culture of Portland's running community. It was such an honor to be a part of the Portland Running Company Girlz team.  
Our Team, minus one

These women are...
  • Strong 
  • Fast
  • Determined
  • Kind
  • Funny
  • Zesty
  • Fierce.

These women...
  • Chase down their dreams 
  • Love their families well 
  • Friend hard.

These women are...
  • Small business owners
  • Race directors
  • Executives
  • Personal trainers
  • Physical therapists
  • Administrators
  • Photographers
  • Nurses
  • Teachers
  • Coaches
  • Wives
  • Moms.
I glean from their wisdom. Laugh at their wit. Dig deeper than I thought I could dig because I watch them do the same.

We run our guts out on every leg...


We know that running is a gift and we don't take it for granted.

These women brought it to the race this weekend. We encountered some challenging speed bumps along the way, but we didn't wallow.  We adapted to new exchange zones that took mileage from prepared runners and added mileage to others who already had a big mileage load. It was cold at night.  Hotter than expected during the day.  I tripped in a pothole in the pitch black and almost face planted on the concrete. We ran neck and neck with our biggest competition, until our van got stuck in a holding pattern while  Race Officials addressed an emergency.  Our poor runner was stranded at the next exchange for almost 20 minutes in the freezing cold, but she didn't complain. In spite of - or maybe because of - these challenges, we pulled together and chased down a goal.  And we did it as a team.

My teammate said last year, "I didn't come here to be mediocre.  I came here to kick ass." (Don't judge me for the curse word).  That stuck with me and it tumbles around in my head every time I'm racing and easing off would be so much more comfortable than finding another gear.

There is NOTHING mediocre about my Portland Running Company Girlz.  These women...
  • Push hard
  • Adapt to challenges
  • Laugh at adversity
  • Compete (man do they compete!)
  • Encourage
  • Drive like maniacs
  • Live life fully.
199 miles from Hood to Coast.
23 hours. 41 minutes. 38 seconds.
7:08 average pace
2nd place in our division
30th place overall

Well done Girlz.  I'll run my guts out any day with you.  Until next year...

My race by the stats: Not my fastest or favorite leg of Hood to Coast, but I kept a positive attitude and gave it my all on every leg in spite of a few challenges.

Pace Per Mile
Difficulty Rating
Leg 11
Had to stop for traffic lights three times and lost at least 60 seconds standing around waiting for the lights to change.  So hard to get started again after interrupting my cadence.  Only saw five runners (passed them all).  It was kind of eerie to be on the Springwater Corridor in the dark with so few people.
Leg 23
Tripped in a pothole and almost face planted.  Shoe came untied with less than a mile to go.  Had to stop, take off my gloves, and try to tie my shoe with shaking legs and hands.  GRR!  50ish road kills.
Leg 35
Unusually hot for so close to the coast. Fully exposed. Gravel (big chunks of rock) road with no van support.  105 road kills cause most people were walking or running slower than usual.  And Yes… I counted each person I passed to keep my mind off the misery of how hot it was.

Did We Just Become Best Friends? Ultra - Cascade Lakes Relay 2017

by Jodi

You guys... guess what?

I ran an ULTRA RELAY RACE and lived to tell about it.  I still am riding the wave of adrenaline.
Our team (wearing shirts Hillary designed for us) at the start in Diamond Lake

Last weekend I tackled one of the hardest physical and mental challenges of my life: relaying 216.6 miles with only five teammates in just over 29 hours.  My portion of running was 40 miles – 24 of it on soft gravel road or trails.  The elevation is one factor that is difficult to train for since I live at sea level.  Every single mile of this race is at elevation with a TON of climbing (not my speciality).  With those factors considered, I made it my goal to average an 8:00 pace so I was STOKED to discover that my average pace per mile was... (wait for it)... an 8:01!  #nailedit
Sweaty is sexy right?
Photo credits to Mara who ran on another team with a bunch of my friends.

My team ran up and over mountains, past wetlands, rivers and mountain lakes, and through Oregon’s beautiful forests.  And can I pause for a second to talk about these teammates?  Each one of them is so talented - and not just at running.  They are humble. Kind. Thoughtful.  Funny as all get out. Compassionate.  And tough as nails.  What a privilege to race with them.

Clearly jumping is not our forte.
We didn't have any fun at all.
The boys are Crossfitters first.  Runners second.  As if that wasn't abundantly obvious. They are all muscle. 
When we started at 10 am on Friday it was already hot.  We ran into and through extreme heat, then into middle of the night So Cold You Could See Your Breath, and back into extreme heat.
Accidental reverse twinning with Hillary.
Most of our crew. 
Poor Mike had to climb up the Cascade Lakes Highway on his fifth leg in high heat.  He got after it one mile and a time and rocked it out.
Getting slap happy.  At this point we had been up for 30+ hours. 
My teammates got eaten alive by mosquitos, lost toenails and grew some horrendous blisters and my callouses grew to the size of the state of Montana.  We didn’t sleep for 40 hours, changed in the back of the van after each leg, and used baby wipes to “shower.” 
Tim had almost 100 bug bites like this all over his arms.
Our fifth of six legs wrecked every single one of us. Tim joked that the fifth leg was “crushing his soul.” I wanted to lay on the dirt trail and cry. Or bum a ride. Or both.  The last 400 meters to the exchange point were grueling. 

Giving Tim a fresh Frog Togg.  At this point he had climbed more than 800 vertical feet in less than five miles in 90 degree heat and still had more than a mile and almost 200 vertical feet of climbing to go.  He is a beast.
Just wrecked from Leg 5 and a mountain summit.  You did it Buddy!

Our sixth legs were so victorious we cried.  Well, I cried.  Like choked over I Can’t Believe I‘m Doing This sobs.  I ran down the Cascade Lakes Scenic Highway wheezing and smiling past a stream of tears.  I was one Happy, Hot Mess.  I still can't really believe we just did that.
Finishing up my last leg.
Getting love from my team.

I did it.  40 miles in less than 29 hours.  What the heck?
Our team name was Did We Just Become Best Friends and it was so appropriate.  Some of us started as strangers, shaking hands as we loaded the van.  We all finished as friends who shared a life accomplishment together.
Finish line shenanigans.
We knew running CLR as an ultra team would induce physical and mental suffering.  I can get grouchy when I'm running, especially if I fall off my predicted pace.  Add in sleep deprivation and it could have made for some Crabmaster General behavior.  We made it our team goal to Spread Joy, even when – and maybe especially when – we were suffering.  I even wrote "Spread Joy" on the back of my bib to add a layer of accountability for myself.  This perspective made running CLR as an ultra relay one of the most amazing race experiences of my life.   
Spreading joy.
Our team crossed the finish line 100% spent and 100% satisfied.  I may have fallen asleep under our table in the middle of the After Race party cause that's how I roll.

100% spent.

CLR as an ultra team was supposed to be a Bucket List one-and-done event, but our team is all in for one more ultra next year cause runners are a crazy breed. They even helped me keep my streak alive by hobbling a mile with me the day after the race.
Keeping my streak alive the morning after the race.
Did We Just Become Best Friends?  I think we did.

216.6 miles
8,111 feet of climbing
29 hours, 14 minutes, 17 seconds
8:06 average pace per mile
6 runners
1 van
1 Grand Adventure

What is your Grand Adventure?  Why not quiet the excuses and grab life.

#grablife #handfulbra #adjustablebra #clr2017 #didwejustbecomebestfriends #ultrarelay #whyirun #runeveryday #runstreak


Leg 1
11.00 miles
1:31:33; 8:24 avg. pace
819 feet
Leg 2
3.85 miles
29:21; 7:37 avg. pace
166 feet
Leg 3
8.9 miles
Very Hard
1:11:13; 8:03 avg. pace
221 feet
Leg 4
7.00 miles
52:14; 7:33 avg. pace
5 feet (mostly downhill)
Leg 5
7.06 miles
1:02:05; 8:48 avg. pace
213 feet
Leg 6
2.23 miles
14:29; 6:29 avg. pace
0 feet (all downhill)