Since I'm not going to run the Marine Corps Marathon on my treadmill, I must face facts: I'm pretty much back to zip. The conditioning I've been gaining on the treadmill means nothing outdoors. I can hope that all that gasping and sweating has done some good, but the brutal truth is that I either have to abandon my plan to run the marathon or start over.
And since this idea was insane to begin with, I might as well continue with the lunacy. I mean, why act practical now? So I've decided that I'll start running outdoors twice a week. I'll treat those as my cross-training days since I won't be able to run more than a minute at a time. Maybe I can start building up some endurance that way. Ideally, the indoor conditioning will kick in at some point and I'll miraculously regain all that I've lost... Yeah, I know. Dream on!