Math is hard when running in the morning

So this morning I went out for a 6 mile run. I decided to do a different route than I did on Tuesday, and chose an out-and-back route. This route takes me along the bike path of a highway near me, and I get a few breaks along the way as I stop to wait for lights.

I got 2.6 miles up the road and hit another stoplight. In my head I decided that I didn’t want to run any further and only have to turn around and wait though this same set of lights again, so I made the choice to turn around at that point. In my head I said, “I’m only 0.4 of a mile short, and I can make that up when I get back closer to home.”

As some of you may have figured out by now, I’m bad at math in the morning while running. If you’re doing an out-and-back route, you need to double the amount that you’re cutting it short. That means when I got back to the neighborhood I still had .8 to finish which is almost a full mile.

Needless to say, today ended up being not quite 6 miles…