3 miles (give or take) 3-4 times a week.
Let’s make one thing clear right from the get-go. I hate running. It’s boring, it’s hard, everyone that does it is a huge nerd and spends way too much time worrying about pronation and gait length. It’s stupid.
But here’s the thing- it’s so much easier than everything else. As someone who grew up snowboarding and mountain biking, I’m used to “exercise” requiring a couple grand in gear, an hour to get ready for, and days of planning in advance to make it all happen. But running is different. From deciding to run to stepping out the door only takes about twenty minutes to change, stretch, find my headphones, and step out the door. That’s it.
It’s dirt cheap too. My $150 New Balances came with a bit of sticker shock, having spent the better part of a decade in clearance-priced Sambas and whatever cheap skate shoes I fancied at the time. But when I put it in the context of all the money I spent on snowboarding, or mountain biking, stuff it was a downright bargain.
And it’s kicking my ass. Where I live is a particularly hilly section of the city, and I’ve been planning routes that force me into more uphill time than is particularly necessary. Every time I think of taking an easier path, I just remind myself that every step here makes a few feet of vertical easier come March.