So I have this theory about running. I’m pretty sure it explains why most people try running and quit before they start making much progress. I call it my 3-Mile, 10% Rule and this is how it plays out….

Explaining the rule to new runners.
Explaining the rule to new runners.

Every run is pure hell for the first 3 miles. Breathing is labored, legs feel like lead, time stands still. Every run is also pure hell the last 10% of the run. It does not matter how far you are running. A half marathon is torture the last 1.3 miles, a marathon seems unbearable for the 2.6 miles, and the 100 miler seems totally impossible once you pass that 90 mile mark. breathing is labored, legs feel like lead,time stands still.

Those miles in between can be pleasant if not down right magical. The problem is, most people new to running never find the bliss. They are always stuck in the first 3 miles and the last 10%!

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