Today was one of those days where I did not want to run and while I was running I did not want to keep going. It was also one of those days that made me want to reconsider my goals for the day of run (currently, no walking). It was in the mid 80's, humid and breezy with some gusts. The wind provided a welcome relief from the heat (and not realizing how much I was sweating until I stopped running). It was also welcome when it provided a slight push, but it was mostly annoying running into the wind and uphill at the same time. The uphills really kill me. That's when I don't want to keep going, when my breath gets more shallow and my legs start to burn. On long flats and downhills I feel like I can go for awhile. But I guess that is the ups and downs of running outside (pun not really intended).
Overall I am just starting to get tired of running 3-4 days a week. Even after a week of slightly less, it is still a lot of work. I am gaining a new appreciation for people who run marathons!
Here are my thoughts on last week: 6 miles and still going strong(ish). A week ago from Sunday I ran 6 miles for the first time ever. It was hot and I was thirsty about 1 mile in (and not carrying any water). About half way through I was able to get some water at a small rest stop on the bike path I was running on. Once I got into the groove I was able to just truck along and finish in an hour. Then last week I ran 4mi on my Tues/Thurs runs and felt pretty good most days. This week might be one of those hard weeks ... 6 weeks down, 6 to go!