When in doubt, just add miles.
Having a bad day? Feeling rundown? Can’t catch a break? Add miles.
Been a while since your last run? Unsure of yourself? No matter. Add miles.
Working out a problem? Don’t know what to do? Yeah you do: add miles.
Worried about performance for an upcoming race? Who cares. Just go for a run.
Don’t think about pace or time or even how long you plan to go. Stop and walk if you need to. It could be a 12-min or an 8-min mile, a mile is a mile. Just add on. Put them in a pile and just keep topping it in heaping scoops. They represent victories, frustrations, answers, sweat, daydreams…moments in time, droplets of life.
Be present in your run. Feel your way through. Stop obsessing over the stats on your watch. In fact, take the thing off, put it in your zippered pocket and don’t look at it until you’re finished.
Don’t think about yesterday’s run you didn’t do or the one last week when you were feeling off-kilter or the long one scheduled for this weekend. Just worry about adding miles today.
If your thoughts drift toward if I just speed up now I can finish in x minutes stop yourself. Speed up if you feel like it, but not for a matter of stats. Do it for a matter of heart. These are arbitrary numbers no one cares about but you. Just care about adding miles.
It’s true of so many other things in life: don’t overthink. Just jump in confidently.
Don’t stop until you’ve hit your goal of 700 miles for the year. Except then keep going. Keep racing at least once per month with fun being the top priority, any personal records are just a happy serendipity.
How do you become a better runner? By running. Just keep running. Simple as that.
Have a nice run.