Monday, May 14, 2007

Is Quantity Better Than Quality?

Tonight I went for a run because I hadn't gone since Friday. I should have gone yesterday but opted to bike instead because I felt the faintest hint of shin pain. While I was running, feeling a little full from dinner (which I had eaten about an hour and a half before I went for a run), I wondered if quantity is better than quality?

I think in many cases in life it is not true that quantity is better than quality. In most work situations I face, I think it's the quality of the work you do that matters, not the quantity. But in the case of my training for a marathon, I really don't know the answer to that. While I get my body into a little bit of shape, and have a mental struggle going on about logging in miles and days of running, I personally measure my success by the number of days I'm getting out there- the quantity of my runs each week. I'm aiming for every other day and when I don't meet that goal, I get bent out of shape.

At the same time, I'm really trying hard to take care of my body and take it slowly. So I struggle with not putting in the time to run when I think I should. Now, after running, I feel good, but don't know if the run was the best thing. Would it have been the worst thing in the world for me to wait until the morning?

Probably not.


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