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May 10, 2022

Short episode summary

In this episode of Tough Love Tuesday, we will discuss if a workout's duration matters. We will talk about the purpose of running and how you can get better each day. Tune in now!


Timestamps of big takeaways

Don’t Just Check a Box

[00:35] As runners, we have often set in our minds that we are allowed 30 minutes to run or we need to run for an hour. We get stuck in this belief that we are not getting a good workout if we don't run for the amount of time we have set in our minds.


Purpose of the Run

[01:34] You need to look at the purpose of that run to build your cardiovascular system or help your muscles hold your body upright for a longer period of time.


The Challenge


When you start swimming, you don't jump into the deep end of the pool. You build up to it. For running, you build up to it. Start looking at how you can build strength, endurance, muscle elasticity, and the ability to hold your body in the right alignment.


[04:15] What if you do your drills, and then you decide to start strength training out of a 30-Day reboot? You do some strength training, and then you go ahead and feel like just seeing how long you can hold the fall. At the end of it, you get to 50 minutes. That doesn’t mean that your run was a failure. Your goal was an hour, and you had a great focused workout for 50 minutes.


How to Get Better

[04:48] You need to connect with your body and where it is today and try to connect with what you are trying to accomplish. That's how you get better at something, and it's not by just checking a box.


Step Back

[06:12] Cut yourself some slack and take a step back and look at where you are in your journey. Be happy with that. Today might be a 50-minute workout, and next week might be a 70-minute workout. Let each day bring you the joy it will bring you for your movement that day. Start talking better to yourself and get focused on what you're doing that day - not just thinking about checking a box.


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