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30 minutes or 3 miles

This blog is brought to you in part by my daughter, who worked very quietly in her room crafting and making quite the little mess while I worked.  One of her creations were these two tiny dresses she made for her Calico Critters bunnies, Marble and Merlot.

The Run
3.0 miles

The Picture


The Recap

Today was one of those gloomy sorts of days where you’re certain it will rain at some point it is just a matter of when.  Somehow I managed to squeeze in a short 3 miles this morning before the day had truly started.  I didn’t have much time but I could spare 30 minutes, that was all.  So I told myself I would run for 30 minutes or 3 miles, whichever was shorter.  Shorter was better this morning because there were animals to be fed and breakfast to be made before hurrying over to swim lessons, not to mention a shower.

Since I wasn’t trying to run that far and because my trail needs mowed again and because the mosquitoes are worst in the mornings/evenings and worse still in the grass, because of all those reasons, I decided to run on the road this morning in front of our house.  Our house is centered on our property so that if I stand at the end of the driveway there is an equal amount to the left as there is to the right.  I think this is nice because at any given point, I’m never far from the house.  (Diagram not to scale.)


The blue dotted line is, essentially, the Running Trail and the border of our property.  The yellow line is the back and forth route I ran this morning.  Using the trees at one end and the telephone poll at the other end as markers, I ran 3 miles in front of my house.  The first lap was a let’s-see-how-far-this-is lap.  It was 0.25-0.27 miles according to my MapMyRun App.  That was very reassuring because quarters are a standard lap.  There is a slight hill from one end to the other but it is flat for the most part.  No complaints here.

My splits were 8:30, 8:22, and 8:29* (*I think).  In the end I think I did 11 laps.  I wasn’t counting.  My turn-arounds weren’t exact and all I cared about was 30 minutes or 3 miles.  I didn’t really think it would take me 30 minutes to run 3 miles, but I didn’t know what my ankle would do.  In the end, since it was flat, I had no ankle issues.

Obviously, not a picture run, but I got some mileage in, even if it was just something short.  Hopefully this weekend, I can do another long run.  All these pictures were taken this afternoon.

While I was running my laps, I was thinking about how boring it must sound to other people to run back and forth in front of one’s own house for 3 miles.  I won’t lie to you and tell you it isn’t boring.  But at 6am, my brain was still waking up so I didn’t mind it.  And in the back of my mind, I know what my options are: I can run a boring 3 miles OR I can run no miles.  I’ll pick the boring 3 every time.  So what if they are boring?  I got a good workout in and I was able to maintain a consistent pace the entire time which is something I typically aim for, either that or negative miles splits.  The thing I’m most happy about is I ran the entire with no walking.  That makes this boring run a win in my book. 🙂



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1 thought on “30 minutes or 3 miles”

  • Good for you girl! I’m right there with you. 3 boring beats 0 every time. Even when I oversleep a little, I still run two, because 2 beats none.

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