Happy Tuesday! It’s time for another edition of Tuesday Topics. This week’s Tuesday Topic: Do you prefer doing a short or long run?. Remember to link-up with Kim and Zenaida and the bottom of this post.
My thoughts on short and long runs have changed over the past few years. Since I have not “really” trained for a race since 2019, I have rarely done any long runs. If you would have asked me this question pre-Covid, I would have said that I preferred long runs because they afforded me the opportunity to execute my training and gave me long stretches of time to be alone with my thoughts. But now I am totally team “short run”. Most of miles now are between 2-5 miles and I actually like it that way. Here are a few reasons why I prefer short runs.
Let me be clear – I am definitely NOT saying that running more or longer causes injuries. For me, one of the advantages of not doing a bunch of long runs is having more time to devote to strength training. I am convinced that my emphasis on strength training has kept me injury free (knock on wood) for the past 2+ years.
Experiment with different types of runs
Because my runs are typically between 15-45 minutes, it gives me a great opportunity to try different types of runs. My favorite type of runs over the past few months have been HIIT runs because it allows for all out bursts of speed followed immediately by recovery. I’ve also done many more hills runs, which still suck, but I don’t hate them as much as I did a few years ago 🙂
Allows for more variety
Doing shorter runs has allowed me extra time to do more strength training and cycling classes. I am often surprised at how much I now love strength training and boot camp classes. I may never have discovered that if I was still training for half marathons and marathons.
Tell me: Do you prefer doing a short or long run?
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