This week’s half marathon training plan required a four mile easy run. Easy Run. ER.
The jury is still out on what my easy run consists of. None of my running is easy. I never fall into that category unless I’m walking, and then I kinda don’t feel like I’m running.
As you know, I’m on the WEEK 4 do-over in training for THE BIG RUN. Week 4 is supposed to look like this:
Tuesday: ER 2 miles + ST
Wednesday: XT 30 min
Thursday: ER 3 miles
Saturday: ER 4 miles
Sunday: W 3 miles
Well. Count ’em. FOUR MILES. It was the worst four miles of my life. SO HARD.
I went into it thinking I could just do a slow but steady (aka no walking) four miles. I guess I thought with all this training I’d be ready. I was so not ready.
The first two miles I did 10/1, and then I slipped into 4/2 for mile three. The last mile (the big number four) actually was a little stronger. But I was cooked. Done like dinner. Awful awful awful.
When I slow down to try and “easy run” the backs of my legs feel so exhausted. Running a little faster makes my legs feel better but then my heart rate skyrockets. I don’t seem to have much of a middle ground.
So – wrapping up week four, do I promote myself to week five (a modified week five??) or do I go for round three of this set again. Siiiigggghhh.
If you really want something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.