Hello fellow new runners!
I will never forget it. I was running and heard my running app say those magic words…”three miles.” The proverbial lightbulb clicked on over my head. I just ran 3 miles, I just ran a 5K!! For someone who was never a runner and had only just started her running journey this was a HUGE feat!
I got lucky, I fell into running 3 miles, it was not something that was planned. Here’s how it happened. We had just moved. I had a three mile route mapped out near our home in New York, but never, ever ran full three miles.
However when we moved to Florida, I had no idea where my runs were taking me. Every day was a new adventure and as I started running, I would meander around our neighborhood, figuring out where streets led. When I hit the three mile mark on that fateful day, it came as a complete surprise.
It is important to point out I wasn’t running the entire 3 miles yet. I was running some and walking a little. Did you know this is an actual training method? Yes, world famous runner Jeff Galloway created it! He’s a marathoner and even he walks sometimes..makes you feel better about your workout doesn’t it?
My advice? Get lost! Not “how do I get home?” lost but head out on your run without an actual map. Try a new park or a route near work rather than at home. New surroundings might just be what you need to reach your next distance milestone!
Enjoy the run!