I'm constantly pestering experienced runners with stupid questions like, "should my knees hurt this much" and "have your toenails ever fallen off." And I appreciate that those kind runners usually answer my questions rather than telling me to piss off.
So here I am again, with a question. I'm ready to "get serious" about upping my mileage. And my plan so far of increasing from 5k to 10k has been, well, run 5k and then keep running until I feel queasy. And frankly, so far, that's really not working out so great for me. Anything over four miles, and I feel like I'm going to die. And my legs are rubber for 48 hours afterwards.
So I'm looking at this Hal Higdon training program for increasing my running endurance. And here's the problem I have. I can run three miles, pretty easily. Well, it's NOT always easy, but I CAN always do it. So to follow this program and run less than three miles feels like regression. If I'm on a day that is scheduled as a 1.5 mile run, and I run it and know that I can keep going, why would I stop?
For those of you that are out there running six-plus miles on a regular basis, what's your take on this? As always, thanks for the advice. I'd gladly return the favor if you would like to tap into my areas of expertise... fixing messed up knitting projects, getting the smell of cat pee out of things and operating a Tivo.