Why can’t I run one mile?

#RWRunStreak Day 29: What I’ve learned thus far…I can’t run a mile.

Yeah, I can run MORE than one mile. But I can’t run JUST one mile. Why is that?

I’ve met many new streakers on the interwebs. Each of them have impressive run streaks. On their “rest” days, they just run one mile. But for the life of me, I can’t do it. I’m not sure if it is something inside my brain that says:


  • “One mile isn’t long enough, girl!”
  • “One mile? What is that…10 calories?”
  • “One mile isn’t even 10 minutes! What kind of workout is that?”
  • “Is it even WORTH getting all dressed up for just ONE mile?”


Do you see my dilemma? Even on the treadmill, I automatically set the timer to 30 minutes even when I just intended to run ONE mile. But I feel compelled to finish the 30 minutes. To me, 30 minutes is a workout. 30 minutes is worth something.

Maybe ONE mile will come easier to me in the summer when it is sooooo hot, and it doesn’t take much to dress for the weather. Maybe if I purposely set my treadmill at ONE mile, I’d just do ONE mile. Maybe if I planned a walk and just did a ONE mile run sandwiched in between…maybe.

It is ingrained in my brain that ONE mile is not feasible. ONE mile isn’t in my vocabulary. ONE mile just doesn’t exist. I gotta wonder if this will bite me in the a** when all is said and done. Have I over trained this month by not running just ONE mile? Will this exhaust me before Boston training even begins?

I’m torn and conflicted because I can’t just run ONE mile. Funny that this should weigh on me as hard as it does. Maybe I wasn’t cut out to be a “streaker” at all.


Well, I mustn’t lose hope. There are still 5 days left in December. I must run a 10k on January 1 for the Polar Dash, but perhaps, just perhaps, I can sneak that ONE miler in there…somewhere…perhaps.


Any advice for the girl who couldn’t run just ONE mile?

6 Responses to Why can’t I run one mile?

  1. I’m very happy to do my one milers. It’s 10pm as I type and we’re 30 minutes from our hotel where I will cheerfully knock it out in the fitness center. Everyone is different. I’ve been running a minimum of 35-55mpw for over a year. This is my limit at this stage in my life. I’m exhausted by marathon peak week. Some people’s low mileage weeks are 65 miles. If you’re not hurting, then what’s to stop you?

    By the way, when does your Boston training start? What plan are you following?

    • A Running Chick says:

      I’m following Hal Higdon’s Boston Bound program and it starts January 27th. It’s still a ways off, but if I can force myself to rest up in January, I should be good to go. How about you, Aimee?

  2. Emerging Runner says:

    I’ll admit that I feel like I’ve cut it short if I go less than three miles (5K actually) on a training run. But there are miles and there are MILES. For instance, running one mile in the six minute range would be (for me) better than running a 10K in 53 minutes.

  3. I’m doing Pfitzinger’s 18/55 plan. 18 weeks so I’m already into week two 🙁 I’m tired just thinking about it. Higdon’s race specific must be good. I’m sure he works in the hill training. No hills in my parts. I’m going to have to join your sis in seldon 🙂

  4. Kristy says:

    I’m personally not a fan of “streaking”. I know people that have had legit injuries, but still would run their mile a day so their streak wouldn’t end, prolonging their injuries, and making some worse. I’m a big believer in giving the body full rest days, especially when it comes to running. 🙂

  5. Tara Newman says:

    One mile is so blah because that is a warm up. That’s when you are working out the kinks and settling in. At three miles things start to get good and by 6 I can’t feel my legs anymore so why not keep going. Just my two cents 🙂

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