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30 minutes or 3 miles

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

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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.)

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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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