On July 23rd of 2013, Mark Covert, who ran at least a one-mile a day for forty-five years, went for his last run. This one-mile run across the campus of Antelope Valley College was the last Covert would take in a journey that had covered 16,436 consecutive days, over 163,000 miles, the terms of 9 U.S. Presidents, his marriage, the births of his 4 children, and the deaths of his parents. No one in America had at that point run more days without missing. Covert’s journey would take him from an average high school runner, to the NCAA Cross-Country Champion and seven-time All-American, to the 1972 Olympic Trials in which he would be the first person to compete in Nike Waffle Racing Shoes. He would coach National and World Champions, lead over twenty track and cross-country teams to conference championships, and become one of the country’s foremost running experts - all while running the equivalent of thirty-one trips from Maine to Hawaii.
This book however, is not a summary of his runs or the many championships that he won as an athlete and coach. It’s a story of the lessons he learned and knowledge he gained throughout his remarkable journey with the goal of helping readers implement those lessons in their own lives. Starting with the lessons he learned from his parents, to learning how to train through broken bones, knee surgeries, and stints in the hospital, Covert’s unique story will provide examples of how he overcame incredible obstacles to keep The Streak alive. This works hopes to provide application for Mark's techniques for the competitive runner, casual jogger, or corporate champion.
Along with first-person accounts from Covert himself, this book features stories and thoughts on The Streak from those he worked with and met along the way. From NCAA Championship-winning coaches, to founding members of Nike, and Track & Field legends such as Laszlo Tabori (the third person to break 4-minutes in the mile) and Jackie Hansen (the third female champion of the Boston Marathon and first woman to run a marathon under 2:40), also providing their own stories and insights.