I don’t know about you, but I feel like I always focus on longer distance runs as more important than running short distances. The only time I pull out a shorter run is when I’m tired, sore or really just not in the mood to run (yes, that does happen…).
But I think that going for a quick run, whether it is one, two or three miles, is an awesome idea:
1. It makes you feel speedy. I don’t know about you, but when I run shorter distances, I know I can pick up the pace a bit. Even if it is only a few seconds faster per mile, I love that I feel like I’m running so much faster! Speediness is fun. No wonder Kara and Shalane are so happy all the time.
2. It helps you become a better runner. Of course, this is the best benefit! By running a bit faster at shorter distances, you are teaching your body that you can run at that speed… in turn, you can build that pace into longer distances and improve your race times. Definitely a bonus!
3. I think it helps us remember our love for running. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in another five, six, ten or 20 mile run. We go through the motions but sometimes it’s easy to forget why we truly love this sport. For some reason, a shorter run gives me this perspective because since it is so much shorter, it just feels fun!
4. It’s a big time saver. Let’s face it, some days are busy and too busy for a workout. Instead of trying to cram a longer run into your day, why not go for a shorter run? You are getting your heart rate up, burning some calories and bringing the speed — all good reasons to do it. And you can do it in about 15 minutes (including getting ready and stretching). EXTRA BONUS.
Why do you like running shorter distances?
What’s your go-to daily mileage? How do you try to switch it up?
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