30 miles per week, that is my goal.
Despite having run long distances, I don’t consider myself a runner. Why? I’ll be honest, I don’t look like one. I don’t have the habits of one. I’m often the slowest in the group and have the worst nutritional habits. I go for long runs, but typically I only am out 3 times a week. But I’m trying to change that, one step at a time. When I asked a friend how I can improve my speed he said one thing, “run more.”
Profound! I generally run four miles on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and around 10 on Saturdays. While in the moment that feels like a lot, that’s only 18 miles per week. To get the most out of training, I need to be running about 25-30 a week. Pinpointing this really made me think about the key to running success (which I have not yet mastered): consistency.
It’s not necessarily about being the fastest or the strongest, it’s about putting your best effort in every day. It’s about getting out the door at 5:00am when that is the last thing you want to do. You may think, it’s only 3 miles…I’ll just do it tomorrow. But say that enough times and you’ve missed out on 33 miles that you could have had tucked under your belt. With every mile we grow stronger, even if it’s the worst mile we’ve ever run.
So what does it mean to be a real runner? It means living in motion. Real runners don’t have to be at the front of the pack. Real runners are the ones who give it their all, every day. They are constantly moving, striving to be better. They are never stagnant. They may have days where they feel stagnant, but even on those days their decision to lace up and get out the door puts them that much further in front of the man who hit snooze, even if they only run half of what they had planned.
30 miles per week is the goal, but no matter the distance, every morning out the door is the true success.
“Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people.” Colossians 3:23