As I’ve mentioned before, I love to run, but it wasn’t always that way. I never ran a day in my life before February 2010. Since then I’ve run all sorts of distances: 5k’s, 10k’s, a few half-marathons, and even a marathon in January 2011.
When I first started running I hated training plans. Because here’s how basically every training plan starts:
“Warm up with 1-2 miles.”
|Maybe a 1-2 mile warm-up isn't so bad|
What I’ve come to realize is there are junk miles everywhere, not just in running.
There are junk miles in my job: Am I just going to just assign a grade or take the time to help this student understand the issue?
In yoga: Am I really going to engage all my muscles or just stand there holding a pose?
In my writing: Am I actually going to work on my book or just blog and Twitter all day?
Even in how I interact with my children: I’m sitting with them, but am I actually listening to them?
Junk miles can be everywhere and if we’re not careful they can become the norm instead of the exception.
So in this season when people are giving up things, I am going to attempt to give up something permanently: junk miles. Even in running.
I have a limited number of hours this week. How will I use them?