Finished my walk last night and felt absolutely exhausted. This time around its not the heat although I still reserve the right to complain about anything over 20C (I'm a winter gal). Its also not the distance - 2.5miles. I can do 2.5 miles, no problemo. Nope, its the speed at which I'm walking. I'm only walking at 3.2 - 3.3 miles/hour which isn't very fast when I look at the training programs for the half marathon or the intermediate/advanced 10K programs but its difficult for me. I know I'm out of shape; there's no denying that. And I'm ABLE to do it. However, I feel like there's no way I'd be able to do this (or faster!) for the eventual half marathon I want to do. Halfway through the third set of walking for 10 minutes at race pace, I'm pooped. How on earth do people keep up this pace for 3 hours or more?!
This self doubt is typical of me but I'm trying to shake myself out of it and focus. Unfortunately, I'm also dreaming of running. Again. This always happens. I WANT to be a runner. I want to be one of THOSE people. So much so that I've ordered both John Stanton's Running: Start to Finish and Jeff Galloway's Running: Getting Started from my local library. Grrrrrrrr. If I attempt to start running, I doubt I'll be ready for the Hypo Half in February but who knows. I'm going to continue walking and stick to the 10K walking plan for now - it would be nice to actually finish something I start - and read the running books (at least Galloway's as I read Stanton's years ago).
The good news if I try running and can stick to it? A dear friend who runs has agreed to go for runs with me, at MY speed, if I want to. Knowing a number of speedy runners, this is a big deal. Asking someone to slow down when they want to go go go? That's a friend!