What is a quickie run?
It’s a short run (maybe just one mile or maybe 10 – 15 minutes of run/walking) that you squeeze into your day. There’s no time for fuss. You grab the essentials and bust out the door in under 2 minutes. Forget the romance. No hoping for a runner’s high. No time for a selfie (well, maybe there’s time for a selfie). It’s like running an errand on your lunch break. It’s a quickie run. Get it done. Move on.
Is it really worth doing?
If it’s not a rest day, then yes, a short run is better than no run. If you’re new to running, it’s another opportunity for your body to adjust to the rhythm. If you’re training for a race, it’s another opportunity to practice good form and visualize race day. Quickie runs can prevent motivational slumps and teach you some helpful runner lessons.
Here is a coaching truth-bomb, free of charge: The mindset that says, “If I don’t have the perfect conditions for a run or if I can’t do at least X miles, then what’s the point of running at all?” is the mindset that reasons it’s way out of a full week of running and then attempts a long run on the weekend and feels like crap; it’s a mindset that is resisting the opportunity to get better, faster, stronger.
While a quickie run may not be long enough to “get in the groove” or brag about on social media, it does have a host of benefits that you’ll be grateful for.
Benefits of a Quickie Run:
Miss one day of running and you can usually get over it. Miss several days and you feel like you’re falling behind, can’t make up the ground you lost, never going to PR that race. Too many days of skipping snowballs into running despair, killing your motivation. It’s tough to recover from. Suddenly any excuse not to run is good enough. Quickie runs can help prevent this motivational breakdown. Even if you didn’t accomplish the planned 40 minute run for the day, at least you did something. All is not lost.
Let’s say you have to be a 6AM runner in order to have a full hour for your running workout before real life starts. Then, let’s say “life happens”, and you can’t get in that full hour for a period of time. If you can still manage a 6AM quickie run, you hold the reservation your body and mind has made for getting up and out the door at that time. You preserve the hardest part of the routine. Then, when life goes back to normal, you can get back at that full hour with a lot less struggle.
As a new runner, I was a little uneasy about every run. What if I have to pee? What if I can’t finish the mileage? It made me a fussy runner who wasted a lot of time trying to make sure everything was perfect before I went to run.