3 miles is my least favorite distance to run. And it’s also the distance that I run the most often. It almost always takes me at least 3 miles to get into a zone when I run. So if I only do the 3 miles, I’m not feeling it the entire time. So why do I end up running this distance so often? Well, for a couple reasons. One being time. It takes a half an hour. When you factor in changing my clothes, going to and from the gym and showering, it takes a little over and hour, give or take. It’s the perfect distance for getting a quick workout in. Secondly, it feels like a workout. Two miles feels too short. I know I’m probably wrong, but when I run less than three miles, I feel like I don’t get a good enough workout. Anyway, as you can probably deduce, I ran 3 miles today. I made myself do it at lunch. As much as I don’t want to run during lunch sometimes, I never regret doing it.
I’m about to start training for another half marathon. I’ve always used Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon training plan. For my next race, however, I want to switch it up. I thought about doing the Intermediate, but it was too many days of running. I also looked at the FIRST program, but it had me doing almost 10 mile runs for my long run right off the bat. So I plugged in some numbers into the Runner’s World custom training tool and I liked what it gave me. This race is in 14 weeks so I have plenty of time to train.
Today was the cookie swap at work. Here’s the good and the bad. The good: my cookies were the favorite!! Everyone wanted them. The bad: I think I ate five cookies today. Oops. Tis the season?
If you’re a runner, what’s your favorite distance to run? Mine is probably 7-8 miles. I really feel like I accomplished something but it’s not completely exhausting. What’s your least favorite? You know mine.