Whether you are new to incorporating running in to your exercise routine, are an experienced distance runner or anywhere in between, the question of if you training correctly has probably entered your brain at some point. Let’s start by acknowledging that there numerous ways to to train through running. You might just go to the gym and set up the treadmill to simply “move” for 10-30 minutes and be satisfied. Conversely, if you are training for that 10k holiday race, you might be better off building your endurance by adding a certain number of miles every time you run. For speed, it’s all about working your intervals on your local track.
Each of the aforementioned ways of training is a tool and comes with benefits for the job in which is intended. So, there is really no “best” way to train, only what tools you need to accomplish your goals; and it all depends on what motivates you. In order to get some clarity around what each method of run training entails the following are some of the key points of training by both minutes and miles.
Train Safely – Running By the Minute
If you’re like many people who like to run a set number of minutes, you’re in good company. This method is very “friendly” to fit in a daily routine. If your pace doesn’t matter as much as the fact that you get your 25 minutes in every days then this is probably your method. Also, for people starting out/re-engaging with running, it can provide great positive reinforcement by emphasizing how many minutes you can run, as opposed stressing out about pace and distance.
Seasoned runners who are coming back from an injury, or are prepping for a competitive season, can also benefit by re-engaging in their training by doing so by minutes. This method allows them focus their efforts on the appropriate effort they are putting in to their recover. During the recovery/re-engagement process, your cardiovascular health will improve faster than your muscular health. When re-engaging with the miles you think you should be able to do, it can be easy to overexert your legs before they are ready. You want to run at your peak level, but it just isn’t what your body needs now.
Remember that when you run according to time, a minute is the same no matter how fast you run. Alleviating any stress to achieve a certain distance enables you focus on your pace and gives your muscles the opportunity to build strength and endurance in a healthy way.