For some reason, the long runs I do on Friday are always the best. There’s just something about it being the end of the week that lets me dig in and have nice solid runs. Today was no exception! I finished 4 miles on the treadmill in 54 minutes and felt pretty good, no walk breaks except for mid-mile 3 when my left foot fell asleep and I stopped to fix my shoe.
It’s like the best time of year to run outside, but I feel like at this moment I’d be better served inside working on my endurance. Why? Well, I love running outside in the breeze and the scenery but for some reason hills are the most demoralizing thing for me right now. The hills around here are brutal to begin with, but every time I approach one the zest just goes right out of me, I feel defeated by them halfway up and that’s contributed to having sort of inconsistent and disappointing runs where I don’t feel like my endurance is increasing.
So rather than repeatedly throwing myself at a wall and hoping it’ll break, I think I’ll just focus on building running time on the treadmill either flat or with a small incline and see what happens with that. I mean, obviously I have the capability of running for an hour at a time at a steady effort. So let me ratchet up that effort level gradually and work it out, then go back and revisit those hills and see if they feel any easier.