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This year I'm focusing on improving my running and overall health by taking the 2017 Mile Challenge and seeing where the journey takes me. I'm also revisiting the Monthly Challenge started by Nephew Jason in 2009.

I'll try to post something every day. It may be a short inspirational quote or a longer narrative. Please join me......

"If you don't try, you won't know you can."

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 miles Day 185

I've always had this question;  Do I count the miles, or the amount of time I run?  I found an interesting article on this very subject.  The article points out that your body doesn't know miles, it knows time and effort put in.  
"The amount of time spent running, however, is more important than the number of miles—it's the duration of effort that represents the amount of training stress. A faster runner will cover the same amount of distance in less time than a slower runner or, to put it another way, will cover more miles in the same amount of time."

The miles covered in a half-marathon are the same for all runners.  So, as I am training for my next half-marathon, not only should I concentrate on my distance, I should concentrate on the time it takes to run a half and train accordingly.  There is a direct correlation between the amount of effort and the increased possibility of injury and longer recovery time from a long run.  I am a slower runner - working my way toward a 9:30 min/mile pace.  To avoid injury I have to get my body accustomed to running for a longer time.  That means a longer time commitment.  

I hear people say that you can run a half-marathon even if your long run is only 10 miles.  I disagree.  If you are a slower runner, that extra 3 miles can be a killer.  At a 10 min/mile pace that's an extra 30 minutes of running.  If your body is not used to it, it will not be a fun 30 minutes.  The same is true if you are running a 5K or a 10K.  If you don't get your body accustomed to running more than the 3.1 miles, or 6.2 miles - the final miles on race day are literally going to suck because your body isn't prepared to exert that effort for a longer period of time.

There are also several other articles on this link that I found very interesting.  
Happy Reading!!!

Did you get your 5 miles in yet today?  If not...................

GET OUT THERE!!!  You have work to do!!!

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