One thing I realized yesterday when I attempted to run was that my endurance disappears quickly. I only ran once last week for about 40 minutes, and the week before that I only ran for about 90 minutes total. (And yes, my goal was 120 minutes a week. Yikes.) Well, the lack of running definitely took its toll, since yesterday I only managed to run for 25 minutes! The whole time I was running I felt like I was back in my Couch to 5k training, when things like 8 minute runs seemed impossible. The weather wasn’t even a factor in the difficult run, either, since it was in the low 70s and cloudy, so I can’t blame it on that (rats!). I am hoping that tomorrow’s run will be easier and that I can manage at least 40 minutes. If I can’t get back on track, there is no way I will be able to manage an 8 mile run by the end of the month.
I’m also rethinking my plan of running the half marathon in December. I am not sure I am ready for that. I only started running about six months ago, and it wasn’t until May that I was running 3 miles, so is it too soon to be thinking about running 13 miles? I confess to being more than a little intimidated by the distance. I know I still have a lot of time to plan for it, but I feel like I need to get in a regular habit of running longer runs every week (without each one feeling incredibly difficult) before I can do the half marathon. There is a half marathon in Germantown in March of next year, and the Country Music Half in Nashville in April, and I think by the spring I definitely will be more ready for a longer race. I know I can run a half marathon; I just want to make sure I don’t try to do too much too soon. Am I being a wimp?