My current running schedule consists of one long run per week, three boot camp classes and a couple of shorter runs scattered about, depending on how much time I have available. For as long as I can remember my go-to short run has been three miles. Before I started running half marathons, three miles was basically the only distance I ever ran. I can tell you every three mile loop and route within twenty miles of my home. I have three mile routes from my work, from our favorite vacation spots…I even mapped out three mile routes around my parents, when I go to visit. Recently, when I was out running three miles I pondered…what is it about three miles that feels so safe? Am I stuck in a three mile rut?
Going forward, I am making a conscious effort to change things up. I am turning four into the new three. I have mapped out and plotted all new routes and loops. Every time I normally would go out and run three miles, I will now run four. I am not really sure how this will impact my overall training and conditioning, but here are a few things I am hoping to achieve:
1. Get out of my rut.
2. Enjoy some new scenery.
3. Improve my 5K time.
4. Build my base endurance.
5. Take a few extra minutes for myself (c’mon…I deserve those extra nine or so minutes to re-group!)
So, here is to making four the new three!
Share with me, what is your favorite distance to run?