You may have noticed that I’ve been running more lately and while they haven’t been long runs, they have been more frequent, including back to back days.
While for some that may not be something spectacular, for me it’s a sign of good things to come. A sign that my lungs are getting stronger and I’m not allowing my asthma or my fear of it to get the best of me.
I’m sure you also noticed several of those runs are shorter, especially compared to when I was 1/2 marathon training and running no less than 4-5 miles in the last few weeks of training. The thing is, when you’re training for a long distance, those distances start to mess with your head. You get to the point that a 1 or 2 (sometimes even 3) mile run seems nearly pointless…but it’s not! You’re still running – a run is a run is a run!
So I’m working on a new plan – run more! Distances can be shorter, distances can be longer; they can be faster, they can be slower; just do it! A run is a run is a run!
Am I hoping that through this process I’ll increase my speed? That’d be cool.
Am I hoping that with this I’ll regain my distance? Of course.
Am I hoping to learn to run on tired legs for future running goals? Yes!
But ultimately, I’m trying to clear my mindset that if I go run, it has to be no less than 3 miles. I’m trying to build short runs into more circuit (or GPP-style) workouts. I’m trying to remember that a run is a run is a run – regardless of it’s speed or distance. Just get out there and run – it’s the sport itself I fell in love with. A run is a run is a run.