Even if you’re an avid runner, sometimes there are times when you need to take a day off. It could be because you’re tired, the weather is bad, or you woke up late, but whatever the cause, everyone has experienced one of those days. Everyone that is, except for Mark Covert. He has run every day for the last 44 years or, put another way, 16,075 straight days, CNN reports.
To count each day, Covert has to run at least a mile, and according to the United States Running Streak Association, he is nearly 300 days ahead of his next closest competitor. Covert, who is 61, started his streak when he was in high school. Throughout the last 44 years he has accomplished some impressive feats including winning an NCAA cross country championship and placing well in the U.S. Olympic trials.
Though he’s over 60, Covert still runs as many as 45 miles a week and is passionate about the sport as he was in his younger days.
“I truly look forward to putting my shoes on every day,” he told CNN. “It’s something that makes me feel better, something that in a lot of ways is therapeutic - not only physically but mentally. It’s something I enjoy.”
Of course, while not everyone can run for 44 years straight, there are some steps you can take to stay motivated when it seems like the last thing you want to do is hit the pavement. According to Runner’s World, one of the best things you can do is switch up your route. Perhaps you have lacked motivation because you’ve been running over the same old ground for too long. Exploring a different path may remind you why you enjoyed running in the first place.
Sometimes the motivation can go away because you’ve become a slave to your watch. The publication recommends leaving it at home and simply going for a run for as long as you feel. You can stop whenever you want to, so that last 10 minutes may not be as excruciating.
As a final step, sign up for a race so that you have something to run for. If you miss a day, you may feel it once the competition arrives.