Sunday, October 20, 2013
Iíve come to call it the Spark-equivalent of 6 Degrees of Separation and while I canít find how Kevin Bacon is all mixed up in this, I did find this: I was reading a post on the Masters Running Team about George Sheehan and it clicked that he used to write an article for Runnerís World. I dug thru my stack of magazines (have had a subscription since the early 80ís, yikes) and found a few. Love him, by the way. I also found an article describing Ďjunk milesí:
ďMiles run at an easy pace, added to a training program only to reach a certain weekly or monthly mileage total rather than to achieve any specific training benefit. That said, not all easy miles are junk miles, as they can aid recovery.Ē
It occurred to me that all my miles are junk miles. Itís not a negative thing, at least from my viewpoint. I run for fitness, to lose weight, to get sweaty, to see the seasons change. Only recently have I started wearing a watch with any consistency. On my runs I solve complex life issues, analyze problems, watch for deer and squirrels, plan dinner!
Iíve always felt the need to become speedier and after a year of running under my belt, I feel I can take the next step towards doing that (besides losing weight), but the majority of my runs will still be junk miles. They make me a calmer and more grateful person when everything is all said and done.
Todayís run: Dam Trails
Time: Roughly 1 hr, 2 min
Weather: Clear, 33 degrees!