Running for Time vs. Distance

GOOD MORNING you wonderful people!

Yes, I am in a fantastic mood today and would you like to know why?

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Welp too bad if you don’t because I’m just too darn happy not to share.

I’M GOING HOME TODAY! I can’t even type that without a smile on my face. Since I only have one (not super helpful/important) class on Thursday and I knew I would definitely be willing to miss a full day on Friday, I am leaving for the airport after my last class this afternoon!

I am SO excited to see my friends and family, the new location of my beloved cafe, sleep in my own bed and EAT MY OWN FOOD. Yeah, I think that one tromps you mom, soreee. 😉

sandwichI am 100% planning on this exact meal being my midnight snack upon arrival. Duh. 

I would love to get one more post up this week, but my priority is of course going to be soaking in all the homieness. Hope you understand. ❤ Well, it’s not like I have been super wonderful about posting anyway…

There IS something else that I want to talk about, and that is running…are you surprised?

On Monday morning I went for a 3 mile run on the treadmill. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. Let me back up – I went to the Lululemon Run Club on Saturday morning, and while I didn’t use my Garmin, other people’s iPhone apps said we travelled about 15km / ~9 miles. VERY slowly, with several breaks. So I knew it was long, but didn’t expect to be too sore. Then, on Sunday, I hit a squat PR. Yay! I expected to be sore after that.

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Because I was running on the treadmill I was hyper aware of my pace. I mean, how could you not be? It’s staring right at you! And when an 8:30 pace made me feel like I was sprinting, I knew something was off. I tried a “surge” at about a 7:40 pace and actually went down to 10:00 to recover. I ended up finishing the run right around 9 minute miles and was VERY tired.

Now, what is the point of me telling you this all? I think I’ve discovered a gem, and that is running for time, and not distance. I’m not going to do this all the time, but I think for easy/recovery runs and maybe even long runs (until training starts) I am going to scrap the idea of distance. I went for an hour long run with a friend and neither of us knew how far we went – it was just relaxed. I LOVE that feeling! I have been a bit too concerned about my running pace these days and it needs to stop.

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THIS Runner’s World article very clearly explains the pros & cons of each training method. The truth is, if you are following a training plan (and not simply jogging what is supposed to be a 30 minute tempo) or simply running for fitness/pleasure, running for time is just fine! It takes the pressure off, removes the need for any fancy satellite-tracking, and can be good motivation to get out the door. I know for myself, just thinking that I am going to “run for an hour” sounds WAY more appealing than a “7 mile run”. Don’t ask me why. Runner’s brains are weird.

Ironically, I’m not off to go do any running. I wish I was, but after four tough days, my legs are SHOT. I considered walking to the gym for upper body but sleep won. 🙂

Do you run for minutes or distance? Why?

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One thought on “Running for Time vs. Distance

  1. First off, HELLOOOO gorgeous!! I’m so happy that you’ll be able to get back home for a quick mini-vacation. There’s nothing like sleeping in your own bed and eating some home cooked meals :). Secondly, 9 miles?! Holy smokes. Give me some of your running ability, please ;). You are incredible!

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