So, you’ve decided to take up running? Congratulations, you are now a member of an awesome community who all have that one thing in common; to improve yourself physically, mentally and to become a better version of yourself; to achieve things that many, including yourself, didn’t think were possible.
Welcome to the journey…….and it is a journey, nothing happens overnight. Unfortunately, a common perception exists, a myth. ‘If I stop to walk during a run then I have failed! I’m meant to be a runner and yet here I am, walking!’. This sense of failure is made even worse if, heaven forbid, somebody you know sees you walking.
With the summer now here, it’s that pleasant time of year when we runners can turn our attention to some wonderful summer running. The icy, dark and gloomy days of the winter season are now behind us and ahead are a seemingly endless list of 5Ks, 10Ks, Half Marathons and Marathons for us all to look forward to.
However, with the hot sunny weather, it's important that we understand a few things regarding how to deal with this as a runner.
It’s difficult to find a runner who hasn’t heard of the term ‘Junk Miles’, even harder to find a runner who doesn’t have his or her opinion on it and what exactly constitutes a junk mile.So, what exactly does the term mean?
Let me give you my thoughts on the matter.
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