Thursday, July 28, 2011
I am a very honest person. I try to be honest in everything I do because if I don't..... it weighs heavily on my mind.
With running (or biking, hiking, etc....) I am honest to a T with my miles. I like to end in even numbers if I can. I especially love ending in whole numbers and have been known to run up and down a sidewalk trying to get to that whole number. My fellow running group just laughs when I do that......
But to me it is being honest and I can see the miles on my Garmin so I know I don't want to lie. Having the miles on my Garmin are like written in stone.
So that brings me to yesterday's run. I ran with my running group on a long run. We chose a route that had multiple steep hill climbs and it was a tough run. I wasn't sure what our mileage would be because we had to take a newer route back to the gym. But I had my Garmin on so it was tracking the distance for me. We stopped at the door of the gym at 5.7 miles exactly.
Talking at the water cooler with another Y runner he started asking us if we ran outside. He mentioned that with the humidity it kept him on the treadmill and he was surprised to hear that we were running outside. He asked about our distance and I told him that we ran 5.7 miles. He was like, great job on running 6.... you round up right! Ummmm....... no, my watch says 5.7 so that is the distance we went. And he continues on saying that he always rounds his miles up. So our run he would be calling it 6.
That kind of bugged me........ I don't really know why because why should I let that bug me. But I guess it is because I know that I only ran 5.7 and even though that is only .30 miles away from 6 miles, I just can't claim the 6. Because .30 is quite a distance. I would have to run down the block a ways and back.
So what are your feelings on this? Do you round your miles up?