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Thoughts from the Road: Running in 500 Words or Less. Vol. 4

Thoughts from the road.  ONLY?

ONLY… What is this word??

It’s something I consistantly find funny when I hear runners say “I ONLY ran…X number of miles!” What is it about runners that makes us discount distances as if there is always more that can be done?? At what point is it ONLY A MILE, ONLY A 5K, ONLY A 1/2, ONLY A MARATHON???

Is there always something more? I ask this today as I have been doing research on my 2015 GOAL of running the Leadville 100. How much will I need to run? How many times in my training will I be saying ONLY???

I am a firm believer of Quality over Quantity when it comes to miles.  The “Less is More” philosophy is one that I admire.  I practice with purpose and I’m a Form & Fundamentals Coach.  That said, even I occasionally succumb to the “I need more miles” fear when training!

So…after Leadville:  IF I FINISH…will I look for more? What may be next…If I ONLY DO 100???



Success!!  I did Finish the Leadville 100 Trail Run!!  The course was completed in 28 Hours, 34 Minutes.  It was the absute most challenging thing that I have ever attempted and finished!  9 Months of Training… Now, I sit here many months past this accomplishment and can safely say:  100 miles is my Absolute Distance:)  There is no need for “ONLY” anymore…I fully appreciate EVERY MILE:)

What about YOU?? What is your ONLY???

Thoughts from the road.

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Matthew A. Reedy