Short Vs. Long Runs
|April 10, 2012||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Running|
This is what my house looks like right now …
Our movers are really nice and interacted a lot with Emmie while they were packing up. They got most of the house done yesterday and will finish up on the garage today. Tomorrow we say “bye-bye” to our belongings and “hello” to an air mattress, folding chairs, and a pack-and-play. I must say … this was A LOT easier than our last move. Back in September we did a FULL DITY (do-it-yourself) move AND I was 36 weeks pregnant. Army movers from now on … no question 😉
I even managed to sneak in a workout yesterday. Chris was home so I peaced out and hit the gyn for a quick 30-minute workout. I did “Workout C” for Week 6 of Best Body Bootcamp. It focused on “push” movements and made my triceps burn. It felt awesome to sweat it out 😉
On the topic of sweating … as my half-marathon training is winding down I’ve really been contemplating some of the aspects of running. One of those being the difference between short vs. long runs and what I like better. In order to do so I made a list of pros/cons for both.
SHORT RUNS … (<5 miles)
- I like to run FASTER. My body naturally wants to move at a faster pace … however I cannot maintain that pace for long runs at this point. On short runs, I can run without abandon and not worry about still having 6+ miles to go.
- They are quick and dirty … I can knock out a 3-mile run in less than 30 minutes.
- I can easily take Bailey with me … good exercise for her … protection for me
- I can also take Emmie … by myself. I max out at 4.5 miles pushing the BOB.
- Easy to combine with strength training.
- Sometimes 3 miles just doesn’t seem ENOUGH.
- Can’t train for races on short runs alone
- Long runs make me feel STRONG.
- Major stress reliever
- Total “me” time where I can zone out and not think about anything important
- Fun family time when Chris and I take Em.
- I honestly don’t know if my body is capable for long-term long runs
- I beat myself up if I can’t keep the pace I want
- Time consuming
I have to say that right around 5 miles is my favorite distance … right now. It’s short enough that I can keep my pace where I want it but long enough that I feel I had a great workout. I also still have time to do weights since I try to keep my gym time to 1 – 1.5 hours. Maybe over time my love for long runs will surpass short runs but as of now it’s short runs for the win!
Do you like short or long runs better? OR … how long do you like to spend in the gym?