This is my do or die month. Either I get serious and start making some real progress toward adding distance to my outdoor workouts, or I will have to give up. Last week I managed to drag myself through three hilly miles in my neighborhood, but I gasped every step of the way. Tomorrow I'm going to try again. I hope I can do it. Three miles would be bad enough as a starting point. If it's less than that, I am going to be really depressed.
In order to be in shape for the marathon next October, I need to be able to run four miles by the end of January at a minimum (preferably five!), and then add nearly three miles each month after that. This sounds impossible to me. I've never been the type of person who can just tack on a few extra miles on a whim, and I've become weaker with age. I don't have any reserve strength. How am I going to run an extra mile each week?