Have you ever done a ‘run streak?’ You know, run at least a mile every day for say 30 days? Maybe a couple months? How about 400 days? Well, Nuun Ambassador Chris Malenab, has taken the run streak to the next level and recently hit the 400 day mark. And you want to know what’s impressive? He averages over 9 miles per day. No 1-milers for this guy. Here is a Q & A with Chris about his streaking and what he has experienced over many miles.
Nuun: Why do you streak? Did you plan this or has it just happened over time?
Chris: I really don’t have a purpose of streaking except it allows me to get out see the world around me. Some people like their morning cup of coffee, which I do too, but I like my morning run more. It originally started as a way to get some high-volume marathon training in during the month of December 2012, but then I was added to a Streak 2013 Facebook Group to see if people could run 365 days in 2013. After being added into this group, I thought sure let’s try it. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how long it would actually last.
Nuun: Do you have days you just don’t want to run? If so, how to do motivate yourself to get it done?
Chris: I always want to run. I really haven’t had to dig deep inside and try to motivate myself to get it done. I think it has become part of a routine. The joys of slipping on my running shoes and stepping outside is motivation enough.
Nuun: I know you run a lot of marathons too, so no rest days prior?
Chris: ZERO rest days! Since December 10, 2012 when my running streak started I have completed 1 6-hour endurance run (39.75 miles), 7 marathons, one 30k, six half marathons, three 10-mile races, one 8.5-mile race, one 10k race, and one 5k race. In those races I have ran a BQ with a 3:09:25, my second and third fastest half marathon times (1:27:23, 1:28:05), my fastest 10-mile time (1:05:42), fastest 10k time (38:41) and fastest 5k (18:55), along with running the longest single distance of 39.75 miles in a 6 hour endurance run.
Nuun: When is your favorite time of day to run?
Chris: I love the mornings. I am fortunate enough to be pretty close to the American River, so if get out early enough, I am able to see deer, coyotes and other animals on my run.
Nuun: Favorite running route?
Chris: With running as much as I do, that is always changing. My most recent favorite route is called the Ninja Loop in the Marin Headlands. I was just introduced to this loop a couple of weeks back when I went out and ran with a group of friends. On a clear day, you can see the entire Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge which connects Oakland and San Francisco. It was definitely worth the 1 hour and 30 minute drive to get out there.
Nuun: How do you stay fueled and hydrated for you runs?
Chris: Fueling wise, I always carry a SunRype Fruit bar with me, but will always load up prior to my run with about 24 pieces of ENERGYbits. In regards to Hydration, my water bottle is loaded with either Nuun Kona Cola or Cherry Limeade, sometimes I put a tablet of each to change up the flavor. Along with Nuun, I obviously hydrate with water.
Nuun: How do you stay injury free?
Chris: Luck? I mean there are a couple times out on the trail that a fall could have been worse, so luck has to play with a little bit of being able to stay injury free. The other factors I credit to my injury free running is weekly acupuncture treatments and working with my sports chiropractor, Dr. Jesse Saenz, every 2-3 weeks. My stretching and foam roller routine is based on corrective exercises that are suggested by my sports chiropractor after he took me through the FMS Testing to identify parts of my body that need to be stretched or strengthened more than others.
Nuun: Since you’re over 400 days now, what’s your goal with this run streak?
Chris: 401 days? I really don’t have a specific day that I want to reach. I enjoy running so I figure the less I think about the streak, the less it becomes a chore.
Nuun: Any tips for someone trying to start a run streak?
Chris: I would suggest that the streak shouldn’t be the one and only reason someone wants to run. Outside of a few mentions on social media on big events like hitting my first 100 days or more recently the 400 day mark, I don’t pay too much attention to the streak. I think you have to love running, you have to enjoy lacing up your shoes and getting out for a run. If the streak is the only point of focus then, running becomes a job or a chore, that should never be the case. Running is a gift, want to use that gift everyday as a vehicle to learn more about yourself and more about the world around us.