When it comes to measuring your runs, there are two ways that you can do it: measure it in terms of minutes or in terms of miles. 

So, you may be thinking why does it matter and which way is the best way?



There are a few differences between the two:

>>>Running in minutes

  • Perfect for runners who are just starting out and trying to build their fitness… at this stage, it can be overwhelming to see that you have to run 5 miles. 
  • Great for more advanced runners too! I know a lot of people who use this method to help them push their workouts a little bit harder… it’s easy to track your distance and see your improvements on a rapid basis.
  • It doesn’t require that you have fancy equipment like a GPS… much easier to track your time with an ordinary watch. 
  • Progress tracking comes much easier as you can see your times jump from just a few minutes to double digit numbers!
  • Easy to build in tempo or speed workouts, since you can just break it out into minutes in the middle of the work out. 


>>>Running in miles

  • The more traditional way to measure your runs… I don’t think I even ever considered measuring in minutes when I first started out!
  • Ideal for training… that way, you know the exact distances that you run and have a good idea of how long it takes you (makes it easier to predict your finish times).
  • Difficulties in seeing daily progress (e.g., building up from one mile to three miles can take time), which can be discouraging if you are just starting to run. 
  • Necessary to figure out whether you need to retire your shoes! Most shoe manufacturers recommend you change out every 300-500 miles, and that can be difficult to translate into minutes.
  • I think running in miles can give you more focus… for me, it makes it easier to know that I am going to run X miles today and visualize what that looks like. 


So…. what do you think, measure your running in minutes or miles? Which one do you do? Have you ever tried it the “other” way?


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