Running Minutes vs. Miles - Part 2

A continuation of Part 1, Days 1 & 2 of Marci and I running based on time and not miles. Click here for Part 1.

Marci's Run 3


Redemption Day! - I was lying in bed the morning of Day 3 contemplating if I was actually going to get up and go for my run. Day 2's run was terrible, and I was losing motivation, fast. My best friend suddenly texted me asking if she could bring over breakfast, and I replied saying no thanks. But as I lay there I changed my mind and decided I'd run to her since she was only 5k away from me. I hadn't run there before as it was going to be a new path which helped my motivation. 


Letting Go - I started out this run letting go of any feelings I had about pace. I was just going to run to my destination. And it felt great! Not being burdened by time or speed let me just enjoy my run. Once I got to my friend's house I checked to see how far I had gone, and I saw I reached 5k, but I wanted to complete the time I had set out out to run so I ran past her place twice, which any runner would do, of course...

Amy's Run 3


Five More Minutes - I'm up to 45 minutes for my Day 3 run. 40 minutes felt great - so what's five more minutes? It seems so much more doable than tacking on another half or full mile to my runs. For me, running based on time is helping my mental state of knowing I can finish and knowing when I need to run 20 more minutes, or 30 more minutes and that its doable. AND I've been able to pace myself better (although my pace seems to be increasing, which is awesome).

45 minutes today felt amazing - my heart rate stayed consistent and at around 70%. I felt strong, steady, and well-paced. I also ran on the treadmill and kept track of my time in 15 minute increments. The great thing was that the first 15 minutes felt like a warm up, so then I thought, ok, get through the next 15. I did, and then I only had 15 more minutes to go! The new battle has been breaking past the 30 minute mark, but once I've been able to do that, time flies by.

Marci's Run 4

Happy, but ready to get back to miles instead of minutes.

Happy, but ready to get back to miles instead of minutes.

The Need For Structure - I'm really trying to get into the habit of running for time, but I'm not sure if its for me. I applaud those people who can just set out to run 2 hours today and not care how far they go. I think I like mileage as my structure more than time.

I left early this morning for my run because I had visitors in town and wanted to get a run in before the day started. Part of my run was on my usual route, but the bulk of it was on a new path. Because it was so early in the morning I didn't need to stop at every light (yes, I still stopped, but the green light changeover was quicker because there wasn't traffic). I felt slow, but I tried not to focus on that feeling. Overall I felt good, but its still hard to run based on time instead of miles. I really like having the goal of 6 or 8 or 10 miles instead of 40 or 50 or 60 minutes.

Amy's Run 4

Post-run joy and exhaustion!

Post-run joy and exhaustion!

Why Not 60 Minutes? - I've been building my time from 35 to 40 to 45 minutes. Today I thought, why not 60? I actually set my app / time for 55 minutes - I KNEW I would break my 5 miler if I ran 55 minutes. And that would only be 10 more than Day 3. I can run 10 more minutes! So I set out. Again, breaking the first 30 minutes was a little challenging, first I was at 15, then 22, then 24, then 27, then 28. 30 minutes never seemed on the horizon. Then suddenly I was out for 32, 38, 45, 50. I was feeling great. I could go 10 more minutes and get to an hour. I knew I could. So I put my head down and kept running one foot in front of the other, and suddenly I was at 60 minutes and well past my initial 5 mile goal. Then the runner's endorphins kicked in and I practically started skipping. I did it!

Stay tuned for Part 3 as our journey of Running Miles vs. Minutes concludes!