Finding a Mini Challenge in Each Run
Thank you so much to everyone for your kind words yesterday. The online running community is the best!
Last night I ran down to the beach for the first time in about a week.
I know I’ve said this before, but now that I have a goal time in mind for the Miami Half all of my runs feel like they have a purpose. This makes each one feel much more satisfying.
When I was only running for distance I would get a lot of gratification from reaching new long run milestones, but sometimes my short runs felt like busy work.
Now I feel like each run: short + easy, short + fast, easy + long… they all really mean something. I know each type was always important, but now I feel like their impact is tangible.
A short + easy run where I still have to “beat” a certain pace is nice. I mean, after all, an easy conversational pace for me could be 13:30/mile or 14:30/mile … but one of those paces is better characterized as lazy than truly easy.
I saw this chart on Kristen’s blog yesterday and it really resonated with me.
I’ve basically always fallen on the left side of that chart when it comes to running.
I thought I was really motivated, but really I was motivated just enough to get the job done. That’s not a bad amount of motivation, but it wasn’t enough to really challenge myself.
I’m inching closer to the middle of the chart these days and it feels good. It makes short + easy runs feel engaging when they used to feel a bit boring.
The long run will always have my heart, but variety is the spice of life and these days I’m excited about finding a mini challenge in each run!
Do you prefer training for time or distance?