Mary Baum

My Happy Distance

One of the great perks of being a Lululemon ambassador is being able to participate in their private events. Last night, my local store held a Research and Development Event, so of course I made it a point to go! A party where yoga pants and tank tops are a must? Sign me up!

The R&D Mixer was a space for fitness professionals in the Tampa area to have some time to network, along with seeing what the new winter line of clothes looked like. There was food, drinks, and even a goal setting station. For those of you that don’t know, Lululemon is huge into goal setting.

All of their educators set goals well into the future, and anyone coming into the store can do it as well. I’ll be doing an official goal setting session next month, but I decided to throw out a small one right now!

Now that racing an olympic distance triathlon is out there, I WILL complete it!!

To show off the new clothes, they asked a lot of the ambassadors to model them. The best part – they needed a male runner as well, so look who got to strut his stuff down the red carpet…

Happy Distance

I don’t mean to completely jump topics here, but I am going to. I was thinking about this over the week, and would love your opinion!

Without much of a training schedule, running tends to be a bit more sporadic. I am doing my best to get out 4 days a week to run, and I am doing pretty well with it. I tend to range from around 3 miles for shorter runs, to up to 10 miles for my long run days. When I was out the other day, I got to thinking about my mileage, and what constitutes a workout for me.

Don’t get me wrong, any type of exercise is great for your body. Getting out and walking the dog every morning and night is definitely exercise, but I don’t necessarily classify it as a workout. It is just part of my day. I know that I can get out just about any time at get in 3 miles. It is just enough time to get a sweat on, and get my body moving a bit. But what is a workout for me?

I decided my happy distance is 6 miles. I feel accomplished after, I have a good calorie burn, and I enjoy the time I am outside. I can recover quickly, and I do not feel extremely tired after. Anything less feels short and easy (in my head), and anything longer takes more out of me.

For long runs, I consider anything in the double digits long, but that is also based on my current base. Ask me when I am in marathon mode, and 12 miles is a piece of cake ! At that point, anything over the 16 mile mark is long. Sick, I know. But true ;)

And it may be because I have a couple of shorter routes where I live that I feel like I can bang out with no problem. 25 minutes to spare – go for it! 3 miles is a piece of cake. 6 miles always takes a little bit more planning – a get up earlier, I am out longer – and yes, I feel more accomplished.

So what is your happy distance? Do you feel good no matter how long you run for, or do you cross that threshold from no-brainer to a more difficult effort. Ever participated in a fun fitness fashion show? Do you set goals for the future?

6 Responses

  1. Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes November 16, 2012 at 7:43 am |

    Olympic-distance triathlon, here you come! That’s one of my goals for 2013, too. I completed a handful of sprints this summer, so I’m ready to make the jump. :)

    For me, anything around three miles is a very “easy” run, and my happy place is around five miles; that distance gives me enough time to warmup, push the pace for a bit, and then recovery quickly after. Happy Friday! :)

  2. Amanda @RunToTheFinish
    Amanda @RunToTheFinish November 16, 2012 at 10:29 am |

    My happy distance when all running is going well is about 8-9 miles. Something about it just feels really solid and gives me plenty of time to think.

    love the lulu gear!

  3. Katie
    Katie November 16, 2012 at 11:49 am |

    Atta girl on the goal setting! I recently decided I’m going to do a marathon in June. Right now my happy distance is 3 miles. Although when I do hit 6 I feel like a total rockstar.

  4. Laura
    Laura November 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm |

    Awesome goal! I did my first sprint this summer and would love to do an Olympic at some point…
    My happy distance is very similar to yours. There is a great 3.5 mile loop near our house… one loop just doesn’t feel like enough, but two is enough to feel accomplished with my workout for the day. So I’d say about 7 miles.

  5. Meagan @ Managing Meagan
    Meagan @ Managing Meagan November 16, 2012 at 3:36 pm |

    I was just thinking abotu this today during my run… which was, in fact, a 6 mile run and I felt the same way. Much less than 6 and it doesn’t quite feel like enough and much more feels more “long run”-ish… though, like you– ask me during marathon training and 6 miles is most definitely SHORT and much less than 12 is also short, or at least not long! :)

  6. Whitney
    Whitney November 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm |

    And your Olympic Distance Tri should be CHICAGO! Dave and I will have a 3 bedroom condo at that point (if all goes well) with a sweet roof deck :)

    My goal is to run the Chicago Marathon in 2013 and beat my previous PR by an hour!


Leave a Reply