Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Minimum

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?

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