Running by Time or Distance: Which One is Slowing You Down?

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Are you a time or distance type of runner?

Running can be a polarizing topic. Some people love to run for distance, while others prefer to focus on time. The question is, who’s right and who’s wrong? Well, my friend, the answer is simple: it depends on what you’re trying to achieve.

It’s important to understand your goals and what you’re working towards. Are you training for a race? Are you trying to improve your endurance? Or are you simply looking to get in shape and have some fun?

Regardless of your objectives, it’s important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of running by distance and running by time. So, let’s dive in and break it down.

Argument For Running by Distance

Running by distance means that you set a specific distance that you want to run and you work towards achieving it. For example, you may decide that you want to run a 5K or a 10K. The benefit of this approach is that it gives you a clear goal to work towards, and it allows you to track your progress over time.

However, running by distance also has its drawbacks. For one, it can be difficult to fit into your schedule. Depending on your pace and fitness level, running a certain distance can take a lot of time. It can also be demotivating if you’re not able to achieve your desired distance, especially if you’re just starting out.

Argument For Running by Time

Running by time means that you set a specific amount of time that you want to run for and you work towards achieving it. For example, you may decide that you want to run for 30 minutes or an hour. The benefit of this approach is that it’s much easier to fit into your schedule, and it allows you to focus on building endurance and improving your overall fitness level.

Running by time also has its drawbacks. It can be difficult to track your progress, since you’re not working towards a specific distance. It can also be demotivating if you’re not able to run for the full amount of time that you’ve set for yourself.

So, which is better?

The truth is, there is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your goals and what you’re trying to achieve. If you’re training for a race, running by distance may be the best approach, since you’ll need to be able to cover a specific distance on race day. However, if you’re just looking to improve your overall fitness level, running by time may be the way to go.

Ultimately, the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. Running can be a challenge, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. So, don’t get too caught up in the details. Just lace up your shoes and hit the pavement.

And remember, whether you’re running by distance or running by time, it’s important to listen to your body and take things at your own pace. Running is a journey, not a destination, so enjoy the ride and keep on moving forward.

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