Running is hard.
Running while fat is an adventure in difficult.
Weeks 2 and 3 of my training were tough. I was plagued with doubts.
I was reminded by both my partner and best friend that I ran several half marathons and a marathon weighing more than I weigh now.
It was good to be reminded of those accomplishments.
But really, I just want running to get easier, if only just a little. Who am I kidding, I want it to get a lot easier. I want it to be easy! I’ve been putting in the miles, yet each step felt like I was dragging a boulder behind me.
At the tail end of Week 3 I met my running buddy Michelle and together we did our long run, 5 miles, together. What a relief. Some parts were easier and some parts, like going up hills, were still hard.
For all of my previous races I’ve trained part of the time with friends, with a community of runners. I’m coordinating my schedule to meet with friends for at least one run a week.
Michelle and I managed to laugh about the craziness of choosing such a long distance to train for to get back into running!
I’m working on my mental game as well. There have been a few times where I’ve talked myself into walking when I should been, could have been running.
Week 4 is turning out okay. I’ve logged in two runs and felt good about both. I’ve still got a ways to go, but step by step I’ll get were I’m going.