However, C and I decided to train up for the Air Force Marathon and Half Marathon, respectively. So I've been trucking along with my runs and feeling really AWESOME. I don't thoroughly love running, but I was getting a lot of satisfaction with each new distance I hit. Prior to this recent bout of training, I had not exceeded 3.75 miles of running. Now, my new record is 5.34 miles!
That being said---- I have the running blues.
The Air Force Half Marathon is September 21, just two weeks after we tie the knot. That means it is about 7 1/2 weeks away. According my the training plan C cooked up for me, I should have run 6 miles last weekend on my long run, 6.75 this weekend. Last weekend, I ran 2.5 and walked the rest. Today, I was supposed to do 4.5 (although I thought I had to do 5 until I looked just now lol)......I only did 1.5 miles. I haven't run ONLY 1.5 miles since my VERY first run of our training program back in May.
The main difference lately is this----I am trying to transition back outside. I have been happily running on the treadmill since mid-May, and with the exception of 4 runs, every single run has been on the treadmill. And every treadmill run has been a success----I have hit my goals every single time. Every time I have run outside in this training----I have failed.
I would say about 75% of it is in my head. Sure, the transition is real and I may see a setback in my runs, but considering the fact that I could have easily run 4.5 miles on the treadmill at 5.5 mph, I should have been able to run more than 1.5 pathetic miles at a much slower pace outside. (I also decided to sleep in this morning, so I ran at 5:30 pm today when the temp was about 100 degrees and there was only the slightest trickle of breeze.)
I have let my head get the best of me and I am now convinced there is no way I will be ready for the half.
Anyone else dealt with this? How did you transition back to road running?