Woke up at 5am for a 6km treadmill run this morning. I didn't want to chance leaving my run for after work with the threat of freezing rain looming. Not good for running outside, or driving home in traffic after a treadmill workout. My training schedule called for a tempo run (I am still trying to confirm with my clinic leader what pace I should be running at). I started warming up at 5mph and after about 12min I was at 5.5mph. I felt sluggish and gross. The distance seemed to go by very slowly. I struggled to run for the first 20min, after which I started to feel a little better and the strides came more naturally.
It makes me wonder...if I had never pushed myself past that first 20min of gross feeling, would I have ever run a half marathon? Or even a 5k?
After my run, I ate a bagel for breakfast, a granola bar for a mid-morning snack and leftovers for lunch. By 3:00, I was STARVING. Hmm, that is unusual. Maybe my body can sense that I am increasing my mileage and is trying to compensate. I struggle with that. Although I know that I can and must eat more when I am training heavily, I don't want to gain weight...! So, I have to be careful about how much I increase my calorie intake. Where is the balancing point??