Running with OCD and the fear of 2 or 4 miles.

Happy Monday y’all! Things are getting back to normal around here. We got home late Saturday and after sleeping for 80% of the day yesterday I’m pretty sure I’m ready to get back to business, probably.

Isn’t it funny how relaxing vacations actually wear you out.

I got up this morning all prepared to run an easy 6 miles. I’m not training for anything at the moment and I’ve been slowly building my miles back up and I’m hovering at around 30 per week. Six miles sounded like a good plan.

Tired runner
Obviously, sleeping over 12 hours on Sunday wasn’t enough because I barely managed to get in 5 miles this morning. At least it was 5, 4 would have really killed me.

When it comes to miles, I hate the number 4 and I don’t like the number 2 either but I’m fine with the numbers 3, 5 and 6 or anything over that.

I thought about it when I was running today and I wondered what it is about the numbers that makes me either hate them or feel okay with them. Why can I run 3, 5 or 6 miles without worrying at all, but not 2 or 4? Obviously it has something to do with my O.C.D. but why exactly, I’m not really sure.

It might go back to years ago when I first started running. I had 2 simple goals, the first one as to run 10 minutes miles and the second was to run at least 30 minutes without stopping. So, based on that, I can understand why 2 miles would bother me. But 4 miles? I can’t figure that one out for the life of me.  (I’m aware that I may be a little weird. Fortunately, I embrace it.)

In closing today, I’d like to share with you two stories of women over 90, one of them is 100 years old and both of them are still exercising and proving that you can be fit at any age.

100 years old
This is Helen Alkire, she just turned 100 years old and she works out 3 times a week for 75 minutes each time. Click on the image above or here to read more about this lovely and amazing lady.

Harriette ThompsonThis is Harriette Thompson and at age 92 she just finished the Rock n Roll San Diego marathon. Click on the photo above or here to read her story, it will inspire you!

Do you have any issues with running a certain number of miles or is it just me?

4 thoughts on “Running with OCD and the fear of 2 or 4 miles.

  1. Now if I got back to my house after a run and still had .8 miles to put in I would just keep running an extra .4, turn around around and run back the final .4. Cuz running up and down your driveway is cray-cray, Missy!! lol Most of my runs (sad to say) are 5K and I DO have a thing about stopping my Garmin right ON the 5.00. Unfortunately, this usually means slowing down near the end so you can keep an eye on the Garmin and not trip or something!

  2. I totally get you. Not so much specific mile numbers, but it does bother me when I seen runs posted 5.65 or something or another. Even on days that I’ve been burned out, or with run buddies I’ve done laps just to make sure it’s a solid number.

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