We all have a minimum of a distance or time when we go running for it to count. Some people, only need to get a mile in. Maybe others need to run for 10-20 minutes for it to count. I need to run at least 3 miles for it to count towards my day total.
I think it is great to have a minimum amount you need to run. It can help prevent injury or fatigue. If I am too tired and I do not feel I can complete at least 3 miles, I will take a night off. There have been plenty of nights, where this has been the case. 1 or 2 miles would not be sufficient for me.
I remember when I first started running; I needed to get to 2 miles. This was over 10 years ago. I was in college and living in an apartment. I would run outside up the shopping center and come right back home. I think 3 miles started when I would always run on a treadmill. Back then, I was doing 11-12 minute miles and then I reached the 10 minute mile milestone. A 10 minute mile for 3 miles was 30 minutes. It seemed like a good time to go for.
Do you have a minimum distance or time you need to at least run when you are out?