Hello there and welcome back to week 2!
The early weeks are the easiest to run and the hardest to write about. Mileage is low – around 1 – 3 miles per run – which makes it “easy” for someone like me who has been running for a while to handle. Not facing a lot of new challenges or adversity this early on makes it difficult to have something more to post about than the typical “Everything is awesome, see you next week!”
But then I got to thinking, why even run these early miles? Is it really necessary to start this way?
Yes, yes it is. Why? The foundation – regardless of what you’re building, you need one.
For a beginning runner, you can’t run five miles until you are familiar and somewhat comfortable with running one mile. An experienced runner needs the early miles to feel confident and remind them where to start. Back to the basics, essentially.
It’s great and wonderful to decide to start a new challenge, but the way that those challenges get completed is by 1) taking the first steps (Week 1) and 2) building up a solid foundation. For me this comes in the form of not skipping a run even if I’m tired (very applicable to today) and making sure all miles for the week get completed. Creating good habits from the beginning does wonders in the long run. (Heh, run puns.)
This all may seem pretty basic, pretty simple, pretty short – and – it is because my workouts have been as well. However, I’ve made sure to approach them with excitement and determination so that when the harder ones come a few months down the road, I will be more motivated to approach them in the same way.
I hope everyone has a great Fourth of July! I will be sitting at a desk – pray for me.