What I Learnt from Running 1,000 Streets During Lockdown Only the most stubborn of runners would deny that COVID-19 has not affected their running, and with it, their motivation, mental health and confidence. In June 2020 – after many months of running almost every day – I came to the conclusion that my motivation was dipping. I was doing the same routes, at the same time of the day, and it all felt a bit monotonous. Conscious that I had to train over the summer for the rescheduled Manchester Marathon in October, I decided that I needed a new challenge to get the miles in ready for race day. Many years ago, I had read an interesting article about a lady who, over a period of years, had walked every street in London. Why don’t I run every street in my home city of York, I thought one day as I walked around the City Centre? Surely, it can’t take that long? Thus, the #StreetsofYorkChallenge was born… Being a bit of a planning geek – I once proudly created a colourful and quite complex Excel spreadsheet to organise a straightforward stag do – I decided I need to approach the project methodically. So with this, I decided to lay down some ground rules…
- Every street has to be run in its entirety (even cul-de-sacs and dead ends – this has led to a lot of strange looks admittedly!);
- No venturing onto private driveways, gardens etc;
- Alleyways, paths and ginnels are not included;
- And of course, sticking rigidly to social distancing at all times.