Yesterday my training plan said that I needed to run two miles. No biggie, right?
Well, going on a two-mile run is not a big deal, but running two miles apparently is*... I was breathing hard after only running a half mile, and at about 1.25 miles, I was SO ready to walk. But, I pushed myself and ran the two miles at about an 11:30 pace. (I didn't have my Garmin, but that's what it felt like.) It was more difficult than I'd like to admit.
I learned something yesterday: I have gotten out of running shape. I am not smiling as I write that.
But, before I get all gloomy, I want to acknowledge the positives: 1) I was successful in running my two miles, despite my hard breathing and side ache, 2) I still have more than a month before Bloomsday, 3) the weather is getting nicer for running, and 4) I have done this before.
I want to re-iterate #4: I have done this before. I know that I can get back into running shape; I went from only being able to run 60 steps to running the first four miles of Bloomsday to completing a freaking marathon. I am not starting from scratch, and I know what I am capable of.
Now I just have to do it.
*When I go "on runs," I allow myself to walk when I need to. But yesterday I chose to "run two miles," which meant that I wasn't allowed to walk at all.