In grade school, Stuart Calderwood would run lap after lap around the recess yard while his classmates were playing a ball game. “I’m not sure where this feeling came from, but the sensation of running fast felt more important than being good at ball games, or even smart or strong,” Calderwood remembers. Now, as the senior editor of communications for the New York Road Runners, this 53-year-old hasn’t hung up his racing shoes. In fact, he’s run every single day for the past 25 years!
Since we can’t imagine a life without rest days, we had to ask Calderwood how he stays motivated and the most important question of all: why?
Did you start your run 25 years ago thinking this would be the beginning of a long streak?
Yes. When I was 28, I felt like my running career was coming to an end. I had run cross country and track in high school and won two division II national championships with my track team at the University of California, Irvine. I became a coach and was worried I might not improve my own skills. I noticed I was missing my runs and eliminated that excuse by deciding I’d never miss a day again.
How do you stay motivated to hit the road every day?
That’s exactly why I have a running streak—so I have a reason. Nothing is big enough now to make me break the streak!
What does a daily workout look like for you?
According to the United States Running Streak Association, you have to complete at least one mile non-stop to count as a day in your running streak. I always run at least 1 1/4 miles, to be on the safe side, and have run up to 31 miles in one day during the past 25 years. The average for my streak is 9.2 miles per day, and I do the elliptical and ride the bike to cross train.