Time vs. Miles:
Time is your most important measurement for the beginning runner. As noted in previous blog posts there is a minimum amount of time you need to run. There is a minimum amount of days you need to run. But what’s the difference?
Well If you calculate miles it sounds cool to your running friends.”I just put in 20.” or ” I had another 120 week.”. In fact if you weren’t putting in 120 miles per week you probably weren’t in the Elite Group?
There is another o…bvious benefit to counting miles. You can mark your runs or plot your runs around town and be very accurate. So I run my training runs at 5 min pace at 50 min I have run 10 mile. So you can jump in your car and mark off 10 miles. This is probably the best benefit. It is much better than running around and then reaching home to realize you are 10 minutes short from your goal. Than you have to reroute and jog around for 10 min. I never found this to be fun. frown emoticon
This needs to be no concern for the beginning runner. Pick the amount of time you target yourself to run and run. Enjoy the run. Project your course and take it. If you reach your time. Stop and walk home. If you feel good continue running. Walk and then run again. Cool down, run at a lot slower pace home.
Another great benefit to a timed run vs. counting miles is you can run anywhere you want. Change course. You have more freedom. On a hot day run through a shaded park. If its really hot run through the park twice. There really isn’t anything there to stop you. Just run.
My experience with elite high school athletes is that the very best in the country have this type of mentality in their training. They just go for a run. Long slow run.
So put away your mileage charts and……
Have a great run. smile emoticon
Time vs. Miles: