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Thursday, February 3, 2011

What Counts as Mileage?

Someone on a message board I was reading the other day asked the question: What walking counts towards your mileage log

Some people answered that they don't count warm-up/cool-downs.  Other people said they don't count anything other than "training miles" - those specifically laid out in a training plan.  Their answers made me stop and evaluate what I count towards my own mileage.

I count everything I can measure on my Garmin or where I know the exact distance from a map or the treadmill.  I count my pre-run warm up walks, my actual run/walk training mileage, and any walks I get in that I wouldn't do in the course of a normal day (such as the ones I occasionally squeeze in over lunch).  If my training calls for 3 miles, I do a warm-up, and then my 3 mile run/walk.  I separate out "what's what" here on the blog, but as far as total mileage, it all gets lumped in there.  I don't count cross-training mileage on the elliptical or bike, and I don't wear a pedometer so I don't count my routine/normal/day-to-day steps.

Based on what I'm seeing from others, I'm sort of doubting my way of logging miles.  My theory is that is I had to work to make my legs cover those miles, so why wouldn't I count all of them?  Am I wrong?

Today's stats:
  • 10 minute walking warm-up
  • 2 mi run; 0:25:55 min; 12:58 min/mi avg
  • 40 minutes resistance band strength training

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