Do you dread your weekly long run? Do you agonize over those miles and miles of continuous running?
ME TOO. I only like doing things that are FUN, and hard work isn’t fun!
I used to stress about my long run all week. I’d anguish over what I was going to wear, and to make sure I was well-hydrated, I drank nothing but Pedialyte. But I finally realized there’s an easier way.
Who says you have to do the whole thing at once? Who says you even have to RUN?
Everyone knows about the Galloway run-walk method, and I’ve also read that a bunch of people like to do a shorter run in the morning and another one in the evening. So I just took those basic philosophies and adapted them in a way that fits my lifestyle.
Here’s how it happened: I was walking out to my car one day after work and realized I had just stumbled upon a tremendous source of untracked mileage. So the next day as I was leaving the office, I started the timer on my Garmin and tracked my distance all the way across the parking lot to my car: .02 miles, just like that.
It counts! And it adds up pretty quick.
I then expanded on this theory and started tracking my distance at the grocery store, at Body Pump, even shuffling around my house. Without evening trying, I’d accumulated 20 miles in just a week!
Now I wear my Garmin all the time, and while I’ve pretty much stopped doing “traditional” running, my running mileage is higher than ever. I even racked up a mile in my sleep simply from night terrors!
And guess what: NO MORE INJURIES. I can still put on airs about being a runner without actually running all those icky painful miles!
Also? It’s 100% more conducive to not breathing.
But the best part of this method is the confidence it has given me to undertake endeavors I never thought possible! 50, 100 miles; more? The sky’s the limit! There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to complete a couple of ultra-marathons…over the next few months.
How many miles did YOU run this week?