Every Run Counts

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I’ve been running for a few years now and I swear I’m constantly learning something new. Sometimes it’s about myself, sometimes it’s about running, sometimes it’s what to do, sometimes it’s what NOT to do but regardless, it’s always got me thinking and learning.

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One of the lessons I’ve learned is that every mile counts.

 

I used to think if I didn’t go out and run 2+ miles, then it didn’t count. If I ran as part of another workout, it didn’t count. If I didn’t run my full training distance for the day, it didn’t count.

 

I’m sure for anyone else reading that, you think I’m crazy. But it’s a battle that I’ve been facing for a few years now and one that I’ve finally come around to accept: every mile, every partial mile, every run counts.

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It’s an important lesson – for me, for you, for the new runner, for the seasoned runner, for everyone. Every run counts.


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8 thoughts on “Every Run Counts

  1. Chris @ ifailedfran

    So true! I definitely don’t think about this enough. Your message applies across the board; runs, WODs, going to the driving range and working on the golf shot. There’s always an opportunity to learn something, and it always counts.

  2. Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries

    SO true. I can relate to your feeling. I think it’s because I’m a very black and white thinker – there’s little gray area. It’s something I’m constantly working on, and I’ve become a LOT better at it, but I still have to remind myself that the baby steps, the small things, DO count.

    1. Katie Post author

      They absolutely do! I’m definitely still fighting it somedays and as I was finishing up some speed work at the gym today, one of the regulars (who I often see on the trail Sunday mornings during my long run) started talking to me about marathon training. As he’s suggesting I join one of the local running groups, he’s talking about my mileage and mid-week semi-long run and my mind starts wandering around wondering if I’m getting in enough…I had to remind myself to STOP because I’m doing what I can and kicking butt at that!

  3. Kim @ Racing Bananas

    That’s such a great sentiment! It’s so easy to get caught up in the mileage and thinking it’s not enough but you’re right – doesn’t matter how/why you’re running, just that you are!

    1. Katie Post author

      Exactly! it’s about getting OUT there! I had a friend when I first started running who would always remind me that it didn’t matter how far, fast or long I went, just that I was getting out there and putting in the time and effort! Now that I’ve been doing it for years, people don’t often tell me that anymore and it’s more about me needing to tell MYSELF.

  4. Tina Muir

    Very true! I might show this to my coach….I am constantly bugging him about letting me do more miles, as most the girls I race against run 90-110, and I am “only” (yes, being a brat) doing 70-80….but every mile does count….so now I have some justification why I push for more 😛 Glad you have found such solace in running, it is wonderful time for reflection 🙂

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