You know those days when it’s all you can do to just make it out the door for a run? Yeah, everybody has days like those, even the best runners in the world have days like those. My gorgeous husband was just saying the other day that he didn’t want to go run but once he did, he knew he’d be fine. You know what? He was. And you will, too.
You see, even the I’m-barely-motivated-enough-to-get-myself-to-put-one-foot-in-front-of-the-other runs have a purpose. And sometimes you might surprise yourself and end up having a super-speedy awesome run without planning on it. Every run counts in the grand scheme of things and the benefits are different for each of them.
Long Runs: Build endurance, log miles, catch up with a friend, clear your head.
Tempo Runs: Build speed, challenge your body, feel like you kicked your own butt.
Hill Repeats: Build strength, learn to appreciate the flat road, see how far you can go before you barf.
Easy Shake-Out Run: Promote muscular healing, enjoy your run, avoid prolonged soreness.
Five-Miler You Barely Made It Through AND Super-fast 20 Minute Treadmill Run: Ego boost, calorie burner, feel that sense of accomplishment.
You see? No matter how much time you have or how many miles you cover, each run can benefit you in the long run. So next time you’re thinking about throwing away a run because you only have half an hour, DON’T. Use every second of that half hour to put your heart into your workout. Remind yourself that, even though you think it’s pointless to go slog out a run, you can make every single run count, all you have to do is take the first step.
What are you waiting for? Go out and run!