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Running Tip: Progress by Minutes, Not Miles

Whether you're first starting out running, or have been doing it for years, we all want to be better runners. We gauge "better" as running longer, and we tend to have mileage on our minds. If you ran three miles yesterday, you think, "I'll run four miles tomorrow." Increasing by mile increments may be too much for your body though. Doing too much too soon may put you at risk for injury or may set you up for failure. Making goals to increase your distance per workout is great, but do so in minute increments instead. It's a more gradual progression that will be easier on your joints and muscles, but also on your mind.


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runningesq runningesq 7 years
I'm with ssibalnomdle -- I'd much rather run in the cold than the heat ! (too bad Cozumel will be HOT... but at least the sun will be setting by the time I get my butt off the bike and start the run !)
ssibalnomdle ssibalnomdle 7 years
I think it's waayyyyyyyyy harder to run in the very hot weather ( > 85F, in the sun) than at least 30F (the coldest I've ever run in). I feel way more exhausted after running in the heat and sun, maybe I didn't burn more calories but I feel like I worked a lot harder doing the same length run than in colder temps.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I've always measured in time rather than distance. But like runningesq said - whatever works for you.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Leila, you can get a Garmin to measure distance
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I measure by time since I don't run the same route everyday, because of variables like if there is heavy traffic, too many red lights I have to stand at, ect. I should probably get that nike+ but I don't run with an ipod anymore either.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Whatever works for you !
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Or you could just increase in distance increments that are much smaller than miles.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Great advice.
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