HR Pod: Randy Rogers and His Running Streak

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Randy Rogers checking his log post-run 2014 in Saginaw, Michigan.


Randy Rogers runs at least one mile every day. His running streak began Aug. 13, 1985, and it consists of over 56,000 miles—all logged in detailed journals. On the eve of his streak’s 32nd birthday, Randy sat down with Hooray Run Podcast host/his son, James Rogers. Randy, 56, tells how he’s done it, withstanding sickness/injury and battling uncooperative weather and hectic travel schedules. The conversation covers the enriching aspects of the streak, including memorable settings and the way running connects to faith. James also welcomes his mom, Linda Rogers, to get her perspective on stories and reveal what she’s learned from the streak. Randy is the head coach of men’s basketball at NCAA Division III Concordia University-Chicago.

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No. 8, Revisited [Runners]

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“What do you write in your log every morning?”

“I write the mileage, time of run, pace, course. All streak details.”

“What was one of the reasons for starting your running streak?”

“I wanted to become a better racer, and I realized how quickly you get out of shape without commitment.”

“What advice would you give to someone who’s considering starting a streak?”

“There can’t be any excuses. I’d also advise they run first thing in the morning; there’ll be less excuses, and it doesn’t interfere with anything.”

No. 8 [Runners]

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“How many straight days have you run at least one mile?”

“10,588.”

“How many total miles have you logged during your streak?”

“Let’s see… 50,923. I started on August 13, 1985.”

“What’s been your biggest running-related setback during the streak?”

“When I tore my hamstring in May of 2012 during a church softball game. I tore it on May 7 and could only run a mile a day through May 26. … I didn’t think I’d race again without properly treating it. … I just ran a marathon this past June.”