How I Fell In Love With the 20 Minute Run

By meredith, February 4, 2014 9:18 am

That’s right. It happened. I have run marathons and half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks – anything short of an ultramarathon (that’s just nuts…J ). And suddenly, especially since becoming a Mom, I’ve become this huge fan of twenty minute runs. There’s no pressure to run a certain pace, no worry of tiring, and it fits nicely into the day without really having to schedule it.

(Not to mention the fact that I can bring my ten month old son along in the jogging stroller and be almost guaranteed that he won’t fuss or get bored before I’m done. That way, it’s actually relaxing for me as well.)

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I used to think that if I went for a run it HAD to be at least 45 minutes. Then I started working at a startup and well, I realized that a 32 minute run was going to have to work because well, that’s how long it took me to do the loop around the Charles River, and that’s just how much time I had if I also wanted to eat lunch and change back into my work clothes (No, I didn’t always have time for a shower. This was probably harder on some of my co workers than it was on me. Sorry, not sorry.)

Now that I have a baby, I’ve come to realize that the twenty minute run will do, and it sometimes has to….and it may have served me to realize this long ago. Because most of the time, twenty minutes is better than nothing. And there were days when I thought, well I don’t have enough time to run for __ minutes or ___ miles, so I guess I just can’t go for a run today. Won’t go for a run today…

So instead of skipping the run or claiming that I just don’t have the time to get outside, I allow myself the satisfaction of a run, a twenty minute run. Besides, I have never run to burn calories or see just how much time I can clock outside. If I wanted to spend a lot of time outdoors, I’d go for a hike or play soccer outside. I run because it gives me a boost, of energy, of confidence, of feel good self love. And twenty minutes, as it turns out, can accomplish just that.

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