Perusing women’s running logs, blogs, or social media posts on the internet, one might be left with the impression that constantly training at a high-level is the norm. All of these impressive women with day jobs, blogs, normal lives, and adorable, well-adjusted children somehow manage to fit in 50-plus mile training weeks year-round, while nabbing PR after PR in race after race.
But is that reality? And even if it is reality for some women, does it need to be your reality? And is it the best approach for you? Must we always be in a state of serious training to really be runners, or does running for fun and fitness have its place, too?